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Chesney rides bus in "The Big Revival"

Monday, July 14, 2014 – Kenny Chesney is going back to the '60s for his cover of his forthcoming CD, "The Big Revival," which was revealed today.

A painted school bus from his "American Kids" video dominated by reds, blues and yellows dominates the cover with an upright bass lying on its side along with percussion instruments nearby. A banjo sits to the left of the bass, sitting on top of an old surf board.. Two old bicycles along with more percussion instruments and what looks to be a suitcase sits atop the bus. American flags look to be hanging inside the bus along with the rear of the bus. More bicycles are on a carrier near the U.S. flag. A few cartoonish figures seem to be on the side of the bus along with a big eyeball with a blue iris and black pupil.

"I wanted a cover that was surprising... that suggests anything is possible. No matter where you are in your life, how tired or lost or demoralized, with a little faith and a little help, anything's possible. Because it's all within you. Or me," said Chesney.

The idea is that the bus becomes a transport to a world where everyone can explore their potential and celebrate being alive. The album drops Sept. 23.

"That was the thing about the bus. It was so far beyond coloring outside the lines, yet what's more common than a school bus? We've seen them our entire life... Yet, when you look at that bus after we were done painting it, it was a whole new notion. That's what I think everyone is striving for: be who you are, but be the person we dream, not end up."

Photographer Allister Ann shot the cover.

"I think that's the thing about the songs on this record... about the attitude and energy in 'American Kids'... it's not the same old," Chesney said. "It's not what you expect... It's what can be. Asking 'how far can you take it?,' no, it's 'how far do you wanna take it?!' To me, that's what we sometimes lose sight of, not even how great this life is and can be, but all the things we don't even consider - and that's where the real thrill of being alive is."

"So rather than another picture of me, I figured, let's throw open our imaginations! Let's see what the bus, 'American Kids' and the rest of the songs can mean. Look at the bus - No. Get on the bus... and take the ride for whatever it is you dream."

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