When Kenny Chesney heard “Get Along,” he knew it was a song for times like these. With a buoyant melody, a banjo offering joy and a lyric that reminds people to enjoy their life and the people in it, his first single for Warner Bros. Nashville/Blue Chair Records embodies everything the songwriter/superstar from East Tennessee stands for. And like “American Kids,” “Get Along” has struck a chord.
In its first week, “Get Along” saw two million unique on-demand streams, as well as topping Billboard’s Top Country Digital Chart. That debut sees him in the company of Jason Aldean’s “You Make It Easy,” Carrie Underwood’s “Cry Pretty,” Kane Brown’s “Heaven” and Luke Bryan’s “Most People Are Good.”
“In every conversation I find myself in, some part of the sentiment of this song just keeps coming up,” Chesney says of the song. “Everyone, no matter what they believe, is tired of the angriness and divisiveness that’s just out there… It seems like getting along is brain surgery, something beyond normal people, but it’s not.
“So no matter what you believe, no matter what you think, at the end of the day, people just want harmony, friendship, joy. This song is the best reminder of how simple this is that I’ve heard in years.”
As the 8-time Entertainer of the Year prepares to kick off his Trip Around the Sun Tour presented by Blue Chair Bay Rum this Saturday, April 21, in Tampa, it doesn’t get much better. In addition to the streaming and sales numbers, “Get Along” is sitting at #18 on Billboard and #26 on Mediabase’s chart – and the song is not slowing down.
“Sometimes you hit a nerve,” Chesney says. “I never think I’m the only one feeling something, whether it’s the crush of the news or the growing anger that pits people against each other. I don’t know where it comes from, but sometimes I think if you’ll just show people what’s happening, something they may miss from being so churned up, they might just exhale and find some peace.”
“Kenny’s passion for music is undeniable,” says Warner Bros. Nashville Chairman/CEO John Esposito. “When Kenny leads with his heart, it’s contagious. We all get swept up because there’s nothing like it – and this song is all heart, no waiting.”
A good song to kick off another full-tilt summer with the No Shoes Nation, “Get Along” captures the ethos of the culture Chesney’s built with his million ticket tours. Having debuted the song on “The 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards,” the man The Los Angeles Times calls “The People’s Superstar” is ready to get out there and hear the crowd at Raymond James Stadium sing that chorus for all it’s worth.