Kenny Chesney‘s Songs for the Saints drops this summer and it’ll be a record that allows fans to get to know the singer a little better. The 12-track album drops on July 27 and is described as a plunge into “the places that save you.”
This sounds like a deeply special and important record for the No Shoes Nation singer.
“So much has happened since I went off the road in 2016,” he explains. “And all of it, in one way or another, has ended up on this record. It’s special to me because of what it says — to me, and for me — about life, the world around us, how fragile it all can be and about somehow still finding the best parts of you and moving towards them.”
Songs for the Saints will be Chesney’s very first record on Blue Chair/Warner Bros.
“Leaving a place where I’d spent my whole career was both scary and exciting. There’s that rush of not knowing anything about how this company works and digging in. But there’s also a special thrill of being around people who truly understand what you’re doing and who are excited to be part of this music. It’s inspiring in all new ways when you have people match your own passion for the music.”
The new record was co-produced by Buddy Cannon and was recorded over the last several points. He was at a “turning point” in his life when he started thinking about the album. And then Hurricane Irma hit.
“But this album isn’t about St. John, so much as it’s about what happened to St. John and all those islands you didn’t see on the news. To just see the devastation and what that does to people is one thing, but then there’s this courage and resilience people find…”
“This is not a literal record,” he explains, “but it is an album about the refuges we all have, how temporary life is and the way we navigate to better places, dig in and face the destruction. And sometimes, we learn to own our wild hearts in the process.”
Fans can expect to hear “Get Along” on the new album. They can also expect to hear some of the new songs live during his Trip Around the Sun Tour.
“I feel like I know what this album’s supposed to be, and I know how much it means to me. I wanted to get it just right before we set a release date… and I think we’ve got it. I’m just glad we’ll have it out in time for me to play some of these songs this summer before the Trip Around the Sun Tour is over.”
Stay tuned for more news about Songs for the Saints.