Kenny Chesney: Ready For The Road

This week’s co-host is Kenny Chesney, who has two songs in the countdown.  His own Top 10 hit, “Knowing You,” and his award-winning duet with Kelsea Ballerini.  Plus, he previews his Here & Now 2022 Stadum Tour that kicks off next spring.

Kenny told Lon that he was actually in Nashville the morning of the CMA Awards: “I was getting blown up on my phone from Kelsea, ‘We won! We won!’ We won for Music Event and Video, which is interesting.  I won for a video that I wasn’t even in!  That shows you how the music business works.  I’m very fortunate and very appreciative of it, and I’m very proud of her.”

Kenny had to cancel two tours because of the pandemic, and he told Lon it was tough: “The last two years, I didn’t do well with being off the road.  I’ve become so used to being on a bus. I had a lot of anxiety about that.  So to see stadiums full of people makes me happy. We’re already working to get ready for next year’s tour, and it’s exciting.”

They’ve announced 21 stadiums, but Kenny said, “There will be more than 21 shows.  We’re going to add more shows later.  I love opening in Tampa, because we love rehearsing in warm weather.  We’re also playing Sofi Stadium in Inglewood, and we’ve never played that before. 

Kenny told Lon he’s been able to spend some time with the new CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Combs: “We met at Stagecoach a few years ago.  We chatted, but since that moment til now, it’s been cool to watch his success.  You could tell there was a hunger in his eyes, he was excited about what was going on in his life, so it was fun to be a part of that.”

Ryan Hurd & Maren Morris have this week’s #1 song, and it’s Ryan’s first time, so Lon gave him a call. “It’s a dream come true, and to get to do it with Maren is even more special, can’t believe it.  We’re all smiles, thankful to our fans, thankful to country radio for playing our song, thankful to you for letting us co-host, what an incredible run.”

Kenny also has great stories this week about Eric Church, Carly Pearce, Jake Owen, Chris Stapleton, and Dan & Shay.

NEXT WEEK: Dustin Lynch

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AUDIO: Lon Helton Wins CMA Award

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