The two co-produced the album, No Zip Code, with Chesney’s longtime producer Buddy Cannon. A record label and release date have not been announced.
In recent years, the Illinois native has become one of Nashville’s most successful songwriters with a string of credits including Chesney’s “Pirate Flag,” “Living in Fast Forward,” “Live a Little” and “Til It’s Gone.” His other hits as a songwriter include Jason Aldean’s “Big Green Tractor” and “The Only Way I Know,” Thompson Square’s “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” and “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About” and Jake Owen’s “Anywhere With You.”
“We got together to make a record of songs we liked the sound of … things we’d want to listen to ourselves, the kinda music we like,” Murphy said. “Kenny’s got great ears, and I kept sending him demos … more than he could ever record, but he just loved the songs. One day, he said, ‘I think we oughta go make a record.’”
“There’s a real aggression to this,” Chesney said in describing the upcoming album. “But it’s also core country like it’s not being done. Not retro, but the way Alabama or the Dirt Band might sound today. … This is about being raised on the right influences and hitting it straight on.”