With the success of Here And Now, debuting at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart with the second-highest physical sales of 2020 behind only BTS, and the chart-topping single of the same name, Kenny Chesney has decided to do something he’s never done before: release vinyl.
“Music is medicine,” says Chesney. “And No Shoes Nation is people who work hard, rock hard, play hard. They’re always in their truck or their car, headed somewhere, so I like the idea they take these songs along with them.
“But with so many of us staying home, having the time to really dive into the music and listen – and based on the passion for this project, it seemed like now is the time to do vinyl. I had a friend give me a stack of albums from the ’70s and ’80s a few years ago, and there really is something different about settling in and listening. It’s warmer. It has a bit more presence sonically. It’s a whole other way to listen, and right now, that feels like a good thing.”
Here And Now will be pressed on clear vinyl, the colour of green sea glass. The packaging will supersize the original artwork of Chesney’s latest album – and will be available for fans on August 21 via his own online store at kennychesney.com and exclusively through Walmart.
“One of the most difficult things for people seems to be actually getting their hands on physical recordings,” he explains. “It used to be so easy to drop into Tower Records and get lost for a while. Today people have so much they have to do, plus they really don’t want to go out right now, so this seems like the easiest and best way to get the vinyl Here And Now into the fans’ hands.”