Kenny Chesney Co-Produces David Lee Murphy’s Next Album

Murphy Scored Hits in the ‘90s With "Party Crowd," "Dust on the Bottle"

Kenny Chesney is co-producing a new album for singer-songwriter David Lee Murphy, who scored a series of Top 10 hits as a country artist during the ‘90s.

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.

Signed to MCA Records, Murphy claimed his first Top 10 hit in 1995 with “Party Crowd” and followed it up with “Dust on the Bottle,” which spent two weeks atop Billboard’s country chart.

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.”