By EW Staff
August 01, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

HOMETOWN Luttrell, Tenn.

AGE 34

RECENT RELEASE ”No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” (2002)

WHY HIM With three consecutive RIAA-certified platinum albums (1997’s ”I Will Stand,” 1999’s ”Everywhere We Go,” and 2000’s ”Greatest Hits”), Chesney has built the kind of slow-and-steady success that is crucial to country music longevity. But it wasn’t until ”No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” debuted in May at the No. 1 spot on both the country and pop charts that non-devotees perked up their ears.

WHAT’S HOT Chesney’s latest album title reiterates what female fans have known for years — there’s no problem at all with the tank tops and cutoff tees that are the staples of his sexy bumpkin-next-door wardrobe.

WHAT’S NOT His hairline looks best under a cowboy hat.

WHAT’S NEXT Enjoying his promotion to arena-headliner status, Chesney is on tour in the U.S. through August. Also, look for ”Luckenbach, Texas,” a duet with Kid Rock, on an upcoming Waylon Jennings tribute album.


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