By Annie Reuter
So it comes as no surprise that over 40,000 attended his concert, many showing up to take over a pirate ship, inflatable rafts, shrimp boats, skidoos and paddle boards to see the “American Kids” singer perform.
“Man, when those people kicked in and started singing ‘Flora-Bama’ back to me, that just hit me in the heart,” Chesney said in a press release. “A year without touring takes me away from that, and those fans… whether they know it or not… inspire me. So having spent the year writing and recording, that was like plugging into the source.”
Chesney’s No Shoes Nation came from all over to celebrate the country singer. Chesney performed for two-and-a-half hours with 32 songs that spanned his catalog, from “How Forever Feels” and “Don’t Happen Twice” to “Old Blue Chair,” “You and Tequila” and “When I See This Bar.”
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Midway through the set, Chesney brought out co-writer David Lee Murphy, who wrote “Flora-Bama” off the new album The Big Revival with Chesney, to duet on “Dust on the Bottle” and “Party Crowd.”
“Since David Lee wrote ‘Flora-Bama’ with me, I know he knows about the heart and the soul of the people down here, how much they love music and love life,” Chesney said. “There’s a real vibe when people connected with the moment experience something that moves them… and David Lee had’em singing along to his songs, too.”
(Photo by Jill Trunnell)
The concert was filmed for a TV special that will air this fall.
Chesney’s forthcoming album The Big Revival will drop Sept. 23.