Kenny Chesney may be an energetic, sun-tanned god of rocking nu-country, but his spirit and his songs speak to the classicism of traditional C&W. His new single, "Noise," is a great example of his neo-traditional manner — an old country message about getting away from life's hustle-n-bustle with a slick, Nashville rock-out feel. After claiming his record-breaking 2015 tour would signal some time for a rest, Chesney is back in action planning a new album, "Some Town Somewhere," due July 8, and another mega-stadium tour.
Last September, after your last big tour, you promised yourself some R&R. So that means like four months, hardly relaxed. What did you do and where did you go?
If I tell you, then I guarantee you I can’t go there anymore and disappear. It takes time to let your mind go still, let the songs and ideas rise. I unplug with the same intensity I do this. It takes a minute to shift gears. And know this, I’m a songwriter first. So, writing and listening to songs inspires and feeds me.
And takes time. OK. Do you find it hard to stand or sit still or chill?
Depends what’s going on. If I’m making music, I’m moving.
Your lyrics really grew up on your last album, "The Big Revival," and songs such as "Wild Child" which portrayed women as mighty and independent. You don't hear that sentiment in bro country. What have your heard from female fans and women's groups for your good efforts in their name?
I wrote the song because — like everybody — I would turn on the radio, and the songs didn’t reflect all the amazing women I know. Grace Potter is a classic example: fresh, free and untamed, but cool. My friends who are girls from the islands, a lot of the women on my staff, they’re far more complex than what we’re hearing. So, I wanted to write a song that captured all that, that said, “Here’s everything that makes women matter.”