OFFSTAGE: Kenny Chesney Is “Whirling Dervish of a Dude”

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Kenny Chesney recently called Grace Potter & the Nocturnals the best band in the world. So when asked Potter about that bold statement, she said, “He’s such an energized, whirling dervish of a dude, that when he’s in the moment, those things just come out of his mouth. First he said in America, and then he corrected himself and said, ’No, the world.'” Whatever Chesney may think of Potter, the country world seems to love her and that song. But she’s not planning on jumping away from her rock roots into country. “We could make a country album right now, and it would be awesome. We’re not going to, but I’m just saying we could. We could go to Stax or Muscle Shoals and make an album that’s pure unadulterated soul with a horn section, and nobody would blink an eye,” she said. “It doesn’t feel like people think I’m a country singer now because I sang on this one song with Kenny. We had our rise and our big moment as a band, and then right when our tour was raging and everything was going perfectly, this ’You and Tequila’ thing just jumped on top of that like a [expletive] leap frog and just continued.” A Chesney duet will do that to you.

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