OFFSTAGE: Kenny Chesney’s “Devoted,” Grace Potter Says

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I’ve never actually met Kenny Chesney, but I have to agree with his lovely “You and Tequila” singing partner Grace Potter on this one. She told me yesterday (June 2) that when she and Chesney were recording the song and making the video, she found him “so devoted to his craft.”

She added, “He has an incredible amount of depth, and is so diverse as a musician. He’s capable of anything,” she added. Chesney discovered her soulful, folk-rock band, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, when he heard their 2007 song “Apologies.” So his people called her people, a demo was sent and voila. Written by Matraca Berg and Deana Carter, “You and Tequila” is a poignant song that compares love to a vice. (Chesney has said he loved the song because it’s about being addicted to a person and how that can run in your blood.)

Chesney and Potter shot the sexy video mostly in Malibu, Calif. “That’s the essence of the song, a very romantic setting. And the house where we shot it really lent itself to the song. It was built to look like a Spanish villa, like it belonged on Majorca in the Mediterranean.” On set, Potter said Chesney was very involved. “He and Shaun (Silva, the director) have this kind of shorthand. Kenny even ran around with his own camera. And he’s so well-versed in videos. Even though that’s not his job to know all that, he does know it,” she said. “I was a bit of a film nerd as a kid. So I was obsessed with angles and lighting, too.”

In the video, Potter’s character is meant to be a subtle creature but that’s not exactly her nature in real life. “They softened me to stay true to the song. Because I’m not a subtle creature. I’m a very loud and outspoken creature,” she said with a laugh.

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