OFFSTAGE: Kenny Chesney’s Lucky, Lucky Dentist

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OK. Maybe now I’ll make a dentist appointment. Because if sitting in your dentist’s chair, mouth wide open and full of instruments and gritty toothpaste and bite-wing x-ray plastic is one way to have great song ideas come to you, then I want in. Kenny Chesney‘s new hit “Reality” was inspired that way. “For some, it’s a fast car, for some it’s a mason jar. You know, everybody’s got their way to escape reality,” he said in a recent radio interview. “And that song and the idea, that premise, was started with … I swear, me sitting in a dentist chair.” The song is not, thankfully, about teeth or dentistry. It’s about reality and breaking free from it with beach bars and boats under the stars. I wonder if his dentist knows that his chair was the place where Chesney had this epiphany. And if so, if he brags about that to anyone who will listen. I know I would.

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