President of No Shoes Nation, Kenny Chesney, is back in the studio. The Nashville heavyweight’s most recent collection, The Big Revival, debuted in 2014 and spawned four consecutive No.1 country singles, a Grammy nod (“American Kids”), and a CMA Album of the Year nomination. Last year, he performed on tour in front of 1.3 million fans before heading off road to re-charge.
“You have to take time to live and breathe, to fill up your tanks to be creative,” the singer said of his process, via a release. “Otherwise, you’re just on a treadmill churning out what you’ve already done.” For his 16th studio LP, Chesney is joined by longtime co-producer Buddy Cannon (Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard) and has been writing with equally familiar top-tier Music City scribes like Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally, David Lee Murphy, and more.
Rather than stick to the same formula used on the last set, Chesney says his goal for the new collection was to find a fresh sound. “When we came off the road and I listened back to The Big Revival, all I could think was, ‘Man, we covered a lot of ground, went pretty cool, as well as new places musically. I knew we couldn’t repeat, but I also wanted to find new ways and new things to record.”
He has not yet revealed the project’s name, but the collection is expected to drop Spring 2016. This summer he’ll launch another massive tour with Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt, and Old Dominion all supporting.