Kenny Chesney Titles, Schedules New Album

The Big Revival Will Be Released on Sept. 23

Kenny Chesney will rally country fans with The Big Revival, his upcoming album set for release Sept. 23. The project’s first single is “American Kids.”

Chesney’s previous album, Life on a Rock was released in April 2013. Singles from that album included “Pirate Flag” and “When I See This Bar.”

In an interview published by the Hollywood Reporter in August, he announced his intention to take the summer of 2014 off from touring to record a new album.

“The whole point of taking the time to get to a really creative place was to have the room to look at not what we’d done but where we wanted to go,” Chesney said. “After all this time, if I can’t push myself and give the fans something that inspires them, that gets them pumped up, there’s no reason to just make a record to make a record.”

Chesney co-produced The Big Revival with Buddy Cannon. Guests include Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski, as well as his “You and Tequila” duet partner, Grace Potter.

“I think in anyone’s life, there are times when you just need to shake things up, really push yourself and find the thrill of what you do again,” Chesney said. “I went to dirt-floor church revivals with my grandma as a little kid, and that power is electric. Scared me to death, but it shows you what it means to be alive. I think bringing that sort of passion to how you live your life is everything — and it’s so easy to lose touch with.”