Kenny Chesney fans are well aware of the distinguished musical company he keeps. The red-hot country artist has toured with George Strait , recorded a duet with Randy Travis and collaborated with best friend Tim McGraw .
At his annual fan club party on Tuesday (June 11), however, Chesney shared the stage with an unknown –- but very special –- guest vocalist. As he broke into the opening verse of his hit, “Don’t Happen Twice,” he was joined on stage by 6-year-old Jacob Rosson.
Sporting a black cowboy hat and his favorite Chesney T-shirt, Rosson climbed onto Chesney’s lap and added his own harmonies. Rosson and his parents, Eddie and Cindy, made the two-hour trek from their home in Shepherdsville, Ky., to be a part of the pre-Fan Fair festivities.
“We traveled down for the day just to see Kenny,” said Cindy. “He’s Jacob’s favorite; he knows every word to every song.” The Rossons were among the nearly 1,200 Chesney fans who packed into Smiley Hollow, a rural retreat just north of Nashville, to share the afternoon with Chesney.
Fans from as far away as New Zealand battled the searing heat to meet their favorite artist. They were treated to a 90-minute concert set that included “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” “ How Forever Feels” and Chesney’s current single, “The Good Stuff.”
The Tennessee-born singer also used the opportunity to introduce several songs from his No. 1 album, No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems, in hopes that his fans could help decide what the next single should be.
Fans in attendance were eligible for several door prizes, which included T-shirts, photos, and even Chesney’s used blue jeans, autographed by the artist.