Kenny Chesney’s NO SHOES NATION 2013 Tour in Full Ramp-Up

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Kenny Chesney’s NO SHOES NATION 2013 Tour in Full Ramp-Up

“Pirate Flag” Waves Hard as His 8th Top 25 Debut!

Nashville, TN: They’re doing it all over Florida and Arizona… Getting
the equipment, loading up the gear and digging in. And for Kenny
Chesney and his No Shoes Nation, it’s no different. As February finds
its legs, the 4-consecutive Academy of Country Music and 4-time Country
Music Association Entertainer is already waist high in video footage for
an even bigger video presence and sorting through lighting designs, and
on Feb. 13, the band reports to an undisclosed location to begin
musical rehearsals for what promises to be Chesney’s biggest tour to
date.

“I used to say we’re like a baseball team: six months on, six months
off, because I love baseball so much,” Chesney says. “But the truth is,
what we do to create what people see from a show this size out there on
the road really does take a lot of work, a lot of thought and a lot of
practice. And the great thing about my crew is they get as much a charge
seeing the fans respond to what goes into all this work as the band and
I do when we’re on stage.”

With “Pirate Flag,” the swaggering anthem of rebellion right where
you are, being Hot Shot Debut, Breaker, Most Increased Audience and Most
Added at Billboard this week, where it hit the charts at #22 marking
his 8th Top 25 debut. The next closest Top 25 chartbreaker is the iconic
Garth Brooks who’s done it four times.

For Chesney, who appears at the Musicares’ Person of the Year dinner
honoring Bruce Springsteen as Friday’s Grammy kick-off event, he’s been
in edit bays and looking at schematics of lighting rigs since January.
But for the songwriter/entertainer, it all gets a little more exciting
when the band reports for rehearsals.

“That’s when the music really starts happening, and everybody’s
playing and catching up,” Chesney offers. “These are my brothers of the
road, and we live to get out there and be a part of everybody’s summer!
So when we’re working up the new songs – and ‘Pirate Flag’ is gonna rock
– or maybe something people haven’t heard in a while, we’re already
imagining how the fans are gonna respond!

“The No Shoes Nation are the best music fans in the world – that’s
why we named the tour after the fans! They love these songs like they
live their lives in’em, and we take that serious. They come out every
summer and throw everything they got at us so hard, that’s why we
rehearse – just the band – for a couple weeks before we even think about
production! The music has to be right, so we’re gonna make sure we’re
ready.”

Kicking off March 16 at Tampa’s Raymond James’ Stadium, home of the
Buccaneers, the No Shoes Nation Tour plays a mixture of NFL Stadiums,
basketball arenas and outdoor amphitheaters across the country. With
“Pirate Flag” named USA Today’s Song of the Week before release and Life
On A Rock due April 30, it looks like it could be the No Shoes Nation’s
best summer…ever.

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