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ACM nominations leave Kenny Chesney happy

Tuesday, March 4, 2008 – Kenny Chesney cleaned up with 11 Academy of Music award nominations, and the superstar was quite happy, but low key in his comments.

"I don't make music for awards," Chesney said. "I have to be true to who I am, who the people who listen to this music are...but that doesn't mean I don't want to be recognized for these songs. I hope that the time Buddy and I spend on finding the songs and in the studio... that Shaun Silva and I invest in getting the videos right...the songwriters who bring me songs that make me feel like they understand everything about who I am and how I feel...And the people who help me keep this whole thing rocking isn't lost on everyone who cares about country music."

"At a time like this (when the nominations are read), I am blown away by the fact that the people at radio, the promoters and the Music Row folks do recognize how many people are part of what they hear and what they see. To me, Just Who I Am is a record that's shown a lot of growth and when people give us these nominations, it says we're growing in the right direction."

In addition to being nominated for Entertainer and Male Vocalist, Chesney's "Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates" is up for Album of the Year - and its five-week number one song "Don't Blink" received nods for Song, Single and Video of the Year. He also picked up a pair of nominations for Vocal Event: "Find Out Who Your Friends Are" with Tracy Lawrence and Tim McGraw and Poets & Pirates' "Shiftwork" with George Strait. Chesney also receivee nominations as a Producer for Album, Single and Vocal Event.

"The last year really let me get deeper into the music," Chesney said. "Aside from having another incredible year on the road, playing everywhere from football stadiums to college bars, I not only made what I think is my best album, but I got to produce a record on Willie Nelson and a bluegrass record on my band mate Tim Hensley. I think all of it makes me strive even harder at this."

Chesney is readying his Poets & Pirate Tour - due to stop in 14 NFL Stadiums around the country this year.

"You know," he said. "I just try to be the kinda artist I wanted to see when I was coming up. To me, if you remember who you are, sing songs that speak to that and pay attention to the fans, that's all I can hope for. Seeing those people every night, I don't think I could do anything less."

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Here and Now CD review - Here and Now
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Songs for the Saints CD review - Songs for the Saints
Kenny Chesney's "Song for the Saints" is a step in the right direction for the popular country star. Inspired by the Hurricane Irma disaster, which hit Chesney personally as it destroyed a house he owned in the U.S. Virgin Islands, these songs are more serious and heartfelt than typical Chesney music. Best of all is "Love for Love City," a reggae duet with Ziggy Marley incorporating steel drums into an inviting island mix. It's followed by a cover of Lord »»»
Live in No Shoes Nation: 10 Years of Concerts CD review - Live in No Shoes Nation: 10 Years of Concerts
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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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