Just yesterday, Kenny Chesney announced that Nashville based band Old Dominion would be in the concert line-up for his 2015 The Big Revival Tour, showing the major country star’s generosity in sharing his legendary fame with relative newcomers to the business who has yet to make it to the “star” status, making Old Dominion the first Indie act to be part of a stadium tour. Today, Chesney is in the news again, but this time as winner of the Groundbreaker Award on the first American Country Countdown Awards show on Fox. Chesney sang “Til It’s Gone”, a Top 5 hit, which he delivered as an invitation and celebration to everyone who has loved and supported him.
During the live telecast program, Vince Vaugh presented the eight-time Entertainer of the Year with the award, which recognizes all the people and places that his music has reached. As part of his presentation, Vaughn told the audience,
“Few artists have single-handedly elevated country music to new heights. They are the groundbreakers. They are the artists who will never be forgotten. In stadiums and arenas all over America, Kenny’s been a game-changer in live music. Tour after tour, album after album, great song after great song, Kenny Chesney continues to thrill county fans and break ground as only he can.”
Obviously choked up by the honor, Chesney said that God gave him a song and that song took him places he could never have imagined. “So many of you fans out there tonight, here in this room and out there watching on TV… have allowed me to literally hold your lives in my hand through my music and the songs we’ve all shared over the years. I take that responsibility seriously, and I thank you for caring about the music.”
Chesney spent 2014 making his 13th Billboard Top Country Albums debut, The Big Revival and planning his most widely-spread tour as of yet, with the same name. Two of the album tracks, Grammy nominated #1, “American Kids” and “Til It’s Gone”, as well as a viral video “Flora-Bama, have driven The Big Revival to be booked in 17 large stadiums, a handful of important festivals and almost 40 arenas and amphitheaters.
The man whose sold out two shows in Foxboro’s Gillette Stadium in 12 minutes, as well as selling out several other stadiums, looks for it to be a music rich, fan pleasing summer:
“I’ve missed hearing the fans singing these songs back to me,” Chesney says. “You know, watching that package before we played really reminded me how powerful the relationship with my audience is. You inspire me. You drive me. And especially, you feed me. These songs are my life, but ultimately, they’re all your’s, and I’m honored to be part of your world…”
It may be a wild summer on tour in 2015, with Jake Owen, Cole Swindell, Brantley Gilbert and Chase Rice booked as openers, Eric Church and co-headliner Jason Aldean appearing on select dates, but add to that this badass Indie country-rock band and it’s sure to be on hot summer.
Find out more about the tour here and watch for this reporter’s interview with Old Dominion coming up.