With around 29 number one songs under his trademark, beach-beloved Stetson, is Chesney about to stride into his new home – Warner Music Nashville – with Get Along, and land another hit on country radio?
Yup; no problems.
There are three instruments guaranteed to have my fingers twitching to increase a track’s volume, whether in a car, on my phone or on my headphones, which most of you lovely fans of country music will definitely appreciate … altogether now – the kick drum, the steel guitar, and the banjo.
So, of course I’m a little in love with Chesney’s new single, with its acoustic guitar and kick drum entrance, which then stays for the party. I’ve swayed around every room in the house listening to this uplifting tempo, and daydreamed myself at many sun-drenched stadiums, hoisting a red cup.
I remember twenty years ago listening to Tennessee-born Chesney’s 1996 Me and You album, with the beautiful, farm-tinged and heartfelt Back Where I come From and When I Close my Eyes. In the time since he has evolved to stand at the forefront of island-inspired country music, and has become the undisputed leader of the ‘No Shoes Nation’.
During the devastating Hurricane Irma of 2017, Chesney remained with his Caribbean home of St John’s to offer support and sanctuary where he could. And he continues to support with his relief and rebuilding project, Love for Love City.
Rather than searching inwardly for support during these troubled times, Chesney’s single inspires us to, ‘Drink a beer, sing a song/Make a friend, can’t we all get along’. Can’t you almost see an O2 crowd clapping along to the optimistic beat at the end of the night, keeping the party going just that little longer?
If you’re lucky enough to have flights for a trip to the US this year, or for one of Kenny’s shows, get ready to board that boat for the Trip Around The Sun tour – first stop Tampa on 21stApril.
Keep an eye out for the bar at the end of the world.