OFFSTAGE: Kenny Chesney’s “Reality” Better Than Reality

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Do you ever have one of those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days when you think, “Sometimes life ain’t all it’s cracked up to be”? Well, then go see a Kenny Chesney concert. It may be just what you need. His upcoming single off his Hemingway’s Whiskey is “Reality,” a song about how you need to break free from it and raise your voice and set your soul free. Which is, he hopes, exactly what happens at his shows. “’Reality’ was kind of like my message to the fans out there. You know, when I go to concerts — and I still love to go to concerts — because I don’t think about my reality when I’m at those concerts, just for a little while,” Chesney said in a recent radio interview. “I don’t think about what’s on my mind. I don’t think about the problems I’ve got or the problems somebody else has got or anything. I see that in our audience, and I had that in mind when I was writing this song.” Chesney isn’t touring right now, but when he does, feel free to check your troubles at the door of a venue near you.

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