By Kurt Wolff
Kenny Chesney may have taken a break from touring this summer, but he hasn’t been just sunning on the beach — he’s been taking extra time to work on his next album.
That’s big news, but it doesn’t stop there. The country superstar also chose today (June 30) to unveil the title of his new album, The Big Revival, and to announce that the collection will drop on Sept. 23.
“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 said in a press release about the album. “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.”
The Big Revival is coproduced by Chesney and his longtime producer Buddy Cannon. Willie Nelson fans will also recognize Cannon’s name, as he produced Nelson’s recently released Band of Brothers and cowrote nine of the album’s songs with Nelson.
Chesney’s 11-song album The Big Revival promises to feature uptempo rockers as well as ballads and also includes guest appearances by Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski and Grace Potter (who previously sang a duet with Chesney, “You and Tequila”).
“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,” Chesney continued. “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.”
And subject-wise, Chesney said the album will touch on more than just the standard ‘bro country’ themes popular among many of today’s artists — something fans can already hear in “American Kids,” a playful song with a positive message about being young in the U.S.A.
“There’s so much more to country than trucks, creek beds and cut-offs,” Chesney said. “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.”
The Big Revival will hit stores and digital outlets on Sept. 23.