Kenny Chesney returned to the studio this summer to find a new creative energy for his forthcoming album. Titled The Big Revival, the set will arrive Sept. 23 and is led with the breezy “American Kids,” which has already blazed a path up the country charts. “The whole point of taking the time to get to a really creative place was to have the room to look at not what we’d done, but where we wanted to go,” Chesney shares in a statement on Mon. (June 30).
“After all this time, if I can’t push myself and give the fans something that inspires them, that gets them pumped up, there’s no reason to just make a record to make a record,” he says of the album, which was produced by Chesney and Buddy Cannon (most recently on Willie Nelson’s Band Of Brothers). The 11-song album will feature collaborations with Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminiski and Grace Potter.
Chesney continues, on the new music, “I think in anyone’s life, there are times when you just need to shake things up, really push yourself and find the thrill of what you do again. I went to dirt floor church revivals with my grandma as a little kid, and that power is electric. Scared me to death, but it shows you what it means to be alive. I think bringing that sort of passion to how you live your life is everything – and it’s so easy to lose touch with.”
The award-winning singer is also quite aware of current party trends. “There’s so much more to country than trucks, creek beds and cut-offs,” he says. “That stuff is fun, but when you look at how people really dig in and work, the things they face every day, you wanna remind ’em how hardcore they really are, show ’em that and also show ’em that you know there’s more to ’em than people might think.”
In other news, Chesney also releases the vibrant and colorful “American Kids” video. Check it out above!