With over 60 shows, many broken records and top-notch opening acts, Kenny Chesney's 2015 The Big Revival Tour wrapped on Aug. 28. While he's enjoying time off, the singer is also dreaming big — and even thinking about bringing his music overseas. Ahoy, mate!
"The end of the tour is a lot like the last day of school," Chesney tells Rolling Stone. "There's this double-edged sword. You're tired and ready for a break but you don't want it to end because you wake up the next day and there's nowhere to go.
There's nowhere to go on the tour bus, but currently, the "American Kids" singer is most likely relaxing on a beach somewhere — a tradition that takes place after every tour is finished. "The last 15 years of my life, the very next day after the last show, I fly south and wake up and get on my boat, and I can hear the ringing in my ears from all summer," he reveals.
Chesney kicked off his massive tour on March 26 (his 47th birthday) and ended with a bang at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. where he broke an attendance record, playing to over 120,000 fans. Artists like Old Dominion, Cole Swindell, Brantley Gilbert, Eric Church and Jason Aldean were all part of the trek.
And now, as he takes in some much-needed R&R, the East Tennessee native is deeply grateful for everything that happened during the trek. "What I hoped would happen with my audience and this record and this tour and where I am in my life and my career. . . I felt like it couldn't have gone any better, as far as people connecting with it," Chesney reflects.
Chesney's time off will include songwriting and turning his mind off of tour mode.
"I haven't written a song in a while and I'm looking forward to getting to that place where I can shut my mind down enough to even begin that process," he admits. "I wrote several songs for The Big Revival but since then we've either been preparing to tour, touring, or promoting that record and I haven't been in a creative place to be still enough to get into that spot. I'm looking forward to that."
As far as another nationwide tour in the future, Chesney is dreaming even bigger — and in a whole different way. He's scheming several different possibilities — even debating switching up his approach to touring. "I've never gone overseas," he says. "I think it would be fun to take a couple of acoustic guitars and go to Ireland and Australia and just play and film it. And then come back the next half of the year." Chesney, acoustic guitar and Irish or Aussie scenery? Count us in.
He's also contemplating a small venue tour that would coincide with a stadium run — playing lesser-known songs and more reflective songs at a theatre mid-week before hitting up a stadium on the weekend. "I think it would be fun for me and the fans that really love those songs and never get to hear them. That's something we may do. I can see myself really loving that. Feeding my soul and theirs, but still keeping the business model that we have out here."
Chesney has time to make all those decisions. For now, fans can be certain he's enjoying the sand, surf and time in the sunshine away from the spotlight.
Source: Christina Vinson/theboot.com
A Russian intelligence ship, capable of cutting undersea communications cables and other sensors, has been spotted by the U.S. military off the coast of Kings Bay, Ga., home to the U.S. Navy's East Coast ballistic missile submarine fleet.
U.S. military satellites have been tracking the Russian spy ship since it was spotted in the north Atlantic last month and slowly began transiting toward its next destination -- Cuba. A senior military official said the ship is now about 300 miles off the coast of the U.S., as it heads toward the island.
Another senior defense official told Fox News that while the Pentagon is tracking the Russian intel ship, the Russian ship "remains in international waters."
When asked if the U.S. had similar spy ships off the coast of Russia, he answered, "Of course we do, what do you think all those 'oceanographic ships' are doing, studying whales?"
At the U.S. sub base in Georgia, there are six Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines, known as "boomers," each capable of firing 24 Trident intercontinental ballistic missiles. Each missile holds up to 10 independent nuclear warheads. In addition to the ballistic missile subs, there are two other guided-missile subs capable of firing hundreds of Tomahawk cruise missiles.
In January, another Russian spy ship was spotted moored in Havana harbor in Cuba. Russian intel ships have been spotted in Cuba on a number of occasions in the past year.
The Washington Free Beacon was first to report the most recent sighting of the Russian spy ship.
In April, the head of the U.S. military's Northern Command, Adm. Bill Gortney, confirmed the presence of two other Russian military ships operating near the United States at the time.
Separately, five Chinese warships were spotted in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska during President Obama's visit to the state – but they have turned around and are heading back in the direction of China, according to a defense official briefed on the latest intelligence Thursday morning.
"They were the same ships that took part in the Russian-Chinese naval exercises which recently concluded in the Sea of Japan," the official said.
From Poppell Farms - "We are honored to pay tribute to this awesome Country Music singer/songwriter from Georgia. We enjoyed working with his staff for the past 9 months in getting this finalized. At this time he is not scheduled to appear at the farm"
Tom Brady will be under center for the Patriots' season opener next Thursday.
The ruling, handed down by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman on Thursday morning, nullified the four-game suspension levied against the Patriots quarterback back on May 11 when Ted Wells, an independent investigator hired by the NFL, asserted Brady's connection to deflated footballs used in the AFC Championship Game this past season.
The decision came after multiple attempts at settlement between Brady, his council, the NFL Players Association and the NFL. On Monday, Berman dismissed both sides after just a few minutes after realizing they were too far apart to reach a settlement.
There is no word yet on whether the NFL will file an appeal.
Eliminating Brady's suspension saves Patriots head coach Bill Belichick from dealing with the largest statistical drop off between starting quarterbacks in consecutive seasons since 1950. It also saves him from using another starter besides Brady for the first time since 2008, when Brady tore his ACL in the season-opener.
The ruling has to be considered a victory for Brady, who was likely willing to accept a one-game suspension, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Instead, he gets what he wanted all along.
The defending Super Bowl champions can now put yet another difficult offseason behind them.
There has never been a better time for Sam Hunt to throw a house party than now. For the third time in just 63 weeks, the 'newcomer' has soared to the top spot on the country music charts.
"House Party" claimed the No. 1 spot on both the Billboard and Mediabase country radio airplay charts this week. This feat marks the third straight single from Hunt that has held reign, following his lead single "Leave the Night On" and the follow-up "Take Your Time." All three releases have also been certified platinum, with "Take Your Time" earning double-platinum status.
All of these hits come from Hunt's debut album, Montevallo, which dropped last October. Montevallo is the best-selling country album of 2015 to date.The project was certified gold in May, marking sales of 500,000 units. That makes the 30-year-old Georgia native the fastest new country artist to earn gold since 2012.
"Break Up in a Small Town" will be the fourth single released to radio from Montevallo. This hip-hop infused story song has already surpassed 500,000 units and will hit the air waves on Sept. 21.
Hunt is currently on the Wheels Up 2015 tour alongside Hunter Hayes and Lady Antebellum. The run wraps in Las Vegas on Oct. 3.
There won't be much time for a break, however — Hunt will almost immediately jump on Luke Bryan's 7th annual Farm Tour on Oct. 7, with Chris Janson and the Peach Pickers. Hunt will be present at 3 out of the 8 tour stops this fall.
Source: Laura Hostelley/tasteofcountry.com
Lady Antebellum is currently on their 2015 Wheels Up Tour, but after the trek concludes, they'll pack up their tour bus — and public lifestyles — for a while.
The trio, comprised of Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott, is walking away from the frenetic pace of celebrity for the sake of their sanity and inspiration.
"We're going to step away for a little while," Kelley tells Rolling Stone. "As a band, we've talked about wanting to get off the hamster wheel for a little bit and let the fans miss us for a second. We want to spend some time to write a record like we did for our first record. But it's always been go, go, go, so we'll try to get re-inspired a little bit."
Some country artists may feel unsafe stepping away; after all, the growth of a fan base often comes from touring and being at the forefront of fans' minds. But to the members of Lady A, that's not a concern. In fact, the group's stepping away is in preparation for making their future as solid as can be.
"We can take some time off and not feel like we're going to lose it all," says Kelley. We felt like that in the past, if we left off the throttle. So, yeah, we're not quite as hot as we were around 'Need You Now,' but we realize the fans are there. It's all about the music, so we need to step away and make the best music we can. That's the only way it's going to sustain itself."
Lady A's fifth studio record 747 was released in 2014. Lady A's break comes at the most unusual of times, according to Kelley: "The irony is we're probably the happiest as a band we've ever been."
The "Long Stretch of Love" singers acknowledge they've never really had a large break, and it's been a long time coming. Ever since their self-titled debut album in 2008, the trio has been on the road, in the studio and onstage at a frenzied pace.
"We've just made so many albums in such a short period of time, and we're proud of them, and what we've done in our career, and what we've said with them — but we've never given ourselves the gift of time," Scott states. "So, that's what this next season is for us, spending time with our families, and really relishing in this successful year for us, and focusing on where we're headed next."
Since Lady A's inception, they have all gotten married, Scott and Haywood are parents and Kelley and his wife recently announced their future baby boy – so time with their respective families is indeed a must.
How long will the break be? Scott doesn't divulge a timetable, but admits, "Knowing us, it will probably be a lot shorter than what we probably set out for it to be, because we can't ever really stop. But yeah, there's no timeline, and that feels so nice to know. When we feel like it's ready we'll go to work."
Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt are currently opening for Lady A on their tour, and the trio's last scheduled live show is on Oct. 3 in Las Vegas, Nev. at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
Source: Christina Vinson/theboot.com
SU head coach Les Miles spent Monday morning at the hospital, LSU Athletics Director Joe Alleva confirmed with media members.
Miles was supposed to speak to the media at 12:30 for his weekly Lunch with Les, but after he didn't show up for nearly 30 minutes, Allevan and LSU SID Michael Bonnette took the stage to confirm his whereabouts.
"Obviously Coach Miles is not here," Alleva said. "He's a little bit under the weather. He was working this morning in his office and he didn't feel very well, so he went down to the trainers and the trainers thought it would be best for him to go to the hospital and get checked out on a precautionary basis.
"We feel like he is fine. He will be at practice today, and he will be available to talk to you after practice."
Alleva confirmed that Miles drove himself to the hospital and he's expected to be back on campus this afternoon.
Word on the street is that Shania Twain is itching to return to her residency at Caesars Palace once she wraps her Rock This Country tour.
After her recent San Diego tour stop, Twain told Robin Leach of the Las Vegas Sun that a return to Sin City for another engagement is definitely “back in her plans.” She went on to reveal that her show “could return to Las Vegas next fall, 2016 or 2017.”
She’s not wasting any time planning.
“Las Vegas and the run at Caesars Palace turned out to be a nice surprise in that we liked Las Vegas so much. Everybody was so nice there. There was always lots to do there. We felt very comfortable living there,” Twain told Leach.
But for now, it’s back to the tour bus, as the Rock This Country tour continues wow audience. The North American dates conclude Oct. 27 in Kelowna, British Columbia, before the tour heads to Europe.
But before she gets serious about returning to Las Vegas, there’s that new album she’s been teasing “First, I have to finish the new album this fall,” she said. “Six tracks are already completed. I’ve written 38 songs in total, and now the process is underway to narrow that down to another six or eight to finish recording.”The project will be her first album of all-new music since 2002’s Up.
Source: Samantha Stephens/cmt.com
BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSONVILLE FL
309 PM EDT FRI AUG 28 2015
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN JACKSONVILLE HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
WESTERN ATKINSON COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN GEORGIA...
SOUTHWESTERN COFFEE COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN GEORGIA...
* UNTIL 345 PM EDT
* AT 309 PM EDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM
WAS LOCATED OVER WILLACOOCHEE...AND MOVING NORTH AT 15 MPH. NICKEL
SIZE HAIL MAY ALSO ACCOMPANY THE DAMAGING WINDS.
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
DOUGLAS AND WILLACOOCHEE.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGING WINDS...DESTRUCTIVE HAIL...
DEADLY LIGHTNING AND VERY HEAVY RAIN. FOR YOUR PROTECTION...MOVE TO
AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS. HEAVY
RAINS FLOOD ROADS QUICKLY SO DO NOT DRIVE INTO AREAS WHERE WATER
COVERS THE ROAD.
IN ADDITION TO LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS...CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO
GROUND LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS
IMMEDIATELY. LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES LEADING KILLERS. REMEMBER...
IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER...YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY
TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS ALSO OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM...AND MAY LEAD
TO FLASH FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED