As friends were being airlifted off the Hurricane Irma-toppled Virgin Islands, Kenny Chesney was in the studio recording what in many ways was his response to the destruction that swept through in the Caribbean. Writing, recording and searching for songs in the moment added an immediacy to the music, and those recordings became Songs for the Saints.
With performances on ABC's "Good Morning America" and "Ellen," breakout country star Michael Ray went coast to coast this past week introducing audiences to his anticipated sophomore album Amosbefore taking the celebration to CMA Fest in Nashville with the biggest country music fans in the nation.
Kenny Chesney knew, as the texts and pictures started filling up his cell phone, he was going to do everything in his power to help the Virgin Islands. Immediately setting up the Love for Love City Fund, the manThe Los Angeles Times deemed “The People’s Superstar” began cutting through red tape, helping get supplies in and people off the islands. Indeed, one of the first planes most people saw after the storm was dispatched by Chesney.
Kenny Chesney stopped cold onstage at Lincoln Financial Field as he was winding up his three week No. 1 “American Kids,” overpowered by the crowd’s cheers. When 30 seconds passed, he leaned into the mic and told the crowd, “THIS is why we can’t wait to… get to… Philadelphia every summer.” The crowd’s cheers grew louder, until the record-breaking sold out crowd of 55,238 sang an a cappella chorus of the freewheeling celebration of youth back to the songwriter/superstar from East Tennessee.
Ryman Hospitality Properties and Blake Shelton’s long awaited restaurant and bar Ole Red Nashville is officially open on famed Lower Broadway. The entertainment venue celebrated yesterday, June 6, with a full day of powerhouse programming with national television broadcasts and unforgettable performances from country’s biggest stars.
Earlier this year Southern Rock icons Lynyrd Skynyrd announced that after a career that has spanned more than 40 years and includes a catalog of more than 60 albums with more than 30 million units sold, they would embark on their Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour. Produced by Live Nation, the career-concluding two-year farewell tour will have logged over 50 stops by the end of 2018.