With “The Good Stuff” logging its fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard chart, Kenny Chesney and the song’s two writers gathered at ASCAP, and then BMI, to celebrate on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 6). Rusty Martin, the security guard at Chesney’s record label and inspiration for the emotional song, attended both parties as well.
The performing rights organization ASCAP rewarded songwriter Craig Wiseman (who co-wrote the song with BMI’s Jim Collins) with an embroidered Hawaiian shirt, noting that “The Good Stuff” is his 10th No. 1 country hit, making him a “platinum member” of ASCAP’s No. 1 club.
That gesture kicked off an afternoon of generous gift-giving. ASCAP offered acrylic trophies to Chesney, Wiseman, Martin, BMG Songs, Chesney’s co-producers Buddy Cannon and Norro Wilson, and BNA Records, noting the team’s No. 1 success.
Then Chesney accepted an oversized platinum-colored “ticket” from tour manager Louis Messina, denoting a million tickets sold for his “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” tour. As his first year as a headliner, Chesney boasts the highest-grossing country tour of the year so far.
Wearing a sleeveless Abercrombie & Fitch shirt, a navy blue ball cap, and cream-colored khakis, Chesney told the crowd, “I’ve always been a sucker for songs that come from the heart, and this is definitely one of those songs.” He and the songwriters then presented Martin with a plaque featuring the original hand-written lyrics to “The Good Stuff.”
“It reminds me of how great a woman I was fortunate enough to be with, and the blessings she brought in our lives,” Martin later told CMT News. “She’s still blessing us, and other people, I hope.”
To commemorate the extensive chart success, No. 1 plaques from BMG Songs were also handed out to Chesney, Wilson and Cannon, Wiseman, Martin and BNA Records.
Wiseman offered his own token of appreciation by giving Martin a small granite marker with the words “The Good Stuff” engraved on it. Martin’s wife Becky died of ovarian cancer on Aug. 5, 2000, and his fortitude and good spirits throughout the ordeal inspired Wiseman and Collins to write the song.
Wiseman also co-wrote Chesney’s “Young” and “She’s Got It All,” while Collins co-wrote “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy.”
Following the ASCAP party, Collins was honored by the performing rights organization, BMI. Chesney, Wiseman and Martin continued to celebrate there, and Grand Ole Opry star Bill Anderson also dropped by for the festivities. Anderson co-wrote “A Lot of Things Different,” the upcoming single from Chesney’s album No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems.