Kenny Chesney Explains Why He’s Launching His Tour in Nashville

Danny ClinchKenny Chesney has a good reason for kicking off his Big Revival tour in Nashville this Thursday and Friday.

Chesney turns 47 on Thursday, and he wanted to celebrate it with a special woman in his life. He explains to USA Today, "My mom wanted to be with me on my birthday, but I wanted to open my tour on my birthday, which meant I had to do it pretty close to home."

Chesney took a cue from Major League Baseball and took part in his own "spring training" earlier this year to prepare for the tour. He went on a strict diet that includes not eating carbs after 5 p.m., "and that's tough. But I eat a lot of vegetables."  He also works out one hour per day.

Chesney's crew is surely looking forward to the dates ahead on the tour -- and the possibility for a big payday. The singer says he will put his crew's names into a hat for a monthly drawing to win proceeds from merchandise sales. In the past, he explains, "they ended up splitting it amongst everybody, so not just one person got it. They could have, but they decided to take the money and split it, which is great."

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Kenny Chesney Explains Why He’s Launching His Tour in Nashville

Danny ClinchKenny Chesney has a good reason for kicking off his Big Revival tour in Nashville this Thursday and Friday.

Chesney turns 47 on Thursday, and he wanted to celebrate it with a special woman in his life. He explains to USA Today, "My mom wanted to be with me on my birthday, but I wanted to open my tour on my birthday, which meant I had to do it pretty close to home."

Chesney took a cue from Major League Baseball and took part in his own "spring training" earlier this year to prepare for the tour. He went on a strict diet that includes not eating carbs after 5 p.m., "and that's tough. But I eat a lot of vegetables."  He also works out one hour per day.

Chesney's crew is surely looking forward to the dates ahead on the tour -- and the possibility for a big payday. The singer says he will put his crew's names into a hat for a monthly drawing to win proceeds from merchandise sales. In the past, he explains, "they ended up splitting it amongst everybody, so not just one person got it. They could have, but they decided to take the money and split it, which is great."

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLady Antebellum's Hillary Scott shared her favorite Breakfast casserole recipe on Instagram Friday.

 

 

Sara Evans appears on ABC's The Chew on Thursday, March 26.

Blake Shelton played for more than 75,000 fans at the Houston Rodeo Thursday.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLady Antebellum's Hillary Scott shared her favorite Breakfast casserole recipe on Instagram Friday.

 

 

Sara Evans appears on ABC's The Chew on Thursday, March 26.

Blake Shelton played for more than 75,000 fans at the Houston Rodeo Thursday.

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Gary Allan Taps Into the Motown Vibe for Latest Single, “Hangover Tonight”

Image Courtesy CMAGary Allan found a song he really loved for his next album, but someone else recorded the Motown-inspired track before he could hit the studio. As a result, Gary met up with the writers of the song -- Chris Stapleton and Jesse Frasure -- to write another song with that soulful vibe he liked in the first song. That's how Gary came up with his latest single, "Hangover Tonight."

Gary tells ABC Radio, "I got together with 'em, wrote three songs and all three of 'em made the record."

"Hangover Tonight" is actually about a guy trying to keep his wits and moderate his drinking as he tries to get somewhere with his love interest. As for a real hangover, Gary admits it's more difficult to recover from a night of drinking now than it was in his younger days.

"Lord knows I can't drink or smoke like I could," Gary admits, "but for me, I gotta run through it. I gotta get up and exercise. Like, I can't chemical up or chemical down. That just builds on me. So, I have to get up and I have to sweat it out."

"Hangover Tonight" is the lead single from Gary's upcoming studio album, due out later this year.

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