OFFSTAGE: Sunny Concerts Call for Kenny Chesney Costas

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I’ve long thought that Mother Nature was a Kenny Chesney fan. Because every time I see one of his shows, it is a bright, sunny, not-a-cloud-in-the-sky kind of day. So sunny, in fact, you need a good pair of sunglasses. Chesney will be selling custom-designed, limited-edition, high-end Costa sunglasses at his shows now. (And online, too.) He says he hung out on his boat and did a lot of fishing in these sunglasses. And now he has designed five pairs of them, all with song titles and autographs etched into the insides of the sunglass arms. My favorite pair is the Caballitos, which say “Poets and Pirates.” They are not cheapies, though. Prices range from $150 to $279. But $10 from each sale will go to the Coastal Conservation Association in its efforts to conserve the coastlines and promote sustainable sport fishing, if that helps you rationalize buying a pair.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.