Good music is a lot like poetry, in a sense that it can’t be forced, but must naturally come to those who produce it. Kenny Chesney is one of the greatest musicians of all time, and he knows more than anyone what it takes to make good tunes. That means that he’s probably got an impeccable taste when it comes to what he listens to on his own time. The country singer has a playlist of hundreds of thousands of songs that would take literal weeks to listen to back-to-back.
If you’re curious about what kind of music the great Kenny Chesney listens to, he’s got his own station on Sirius XM radio called “No Shoes Radio,” which consists of only songs that he has handpicked.
After the future country music star graduated from high school in 1986, he started on his 4-year university degree at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. He decided to focus his efforts on communications and marketing – something that would serve him very well through his career!
To keep his head above water while he earned his degree, he would play at various bars and other venues around campus. Chesney never forgot about where he came from throughout his superstardom. In fact, he continuously gives back to his community. He even helped Eastern Tennessee State raise nearly $30 million so they could have a sports field put in.
No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem
If you’re a part of Kenny’s fan club, you’re a part of the “No Shoes Nation.” The title that he gave to his devoted fans is based off his hit song, “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems,” which was released in 2002. The song is one of Chesney’s most popular of all time and topped the Billboard Charts for several months on end. The symbol of the fan club is the skull and crossbones (pirate style) and even appears on a huge flag that Kenny often pulls out at a performance and waves around as the audience cheers.
There are two tiers to the club, a free membership level, which includes bragging rights and access to the email newsletter which provides early announcements and pre-sales, and the premium level, which costs $25/month and provides members with first access to tickets before the general public or free members.
He’s Got the Filmmaking Bug
Chesney is a multi-talented man with many interests and passions, some of which include music, sports, women, and anything to do with Tennessee – not necessarily in that order. He’s gotten his hands dirty in many aspects of the entertainment world and beyond. Aside from his many Grammy-nominated albums and songs, Chesney has also worked behind the scenes, making multiple documentaries for both film and television.
He produced and directed one documentary for SEC Storied called The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story, about the first black quarterback in an SEC school. He also produced The Boys of Fall, which is a documentary film about some of the biggest names in sports.
As we’ve said previously in this article, Kenny Chesney by no means had anything handed to him. He had to work his butt off to make it to the superstar status he holds today. But it wasn’t like his childhood was too rough. In fact, it was pretty adorable and exactly what you’d imagine when you think of a Southern upbringing. The star was raised in a small town east of Knoxville Tennessee, in a tight-knit family that included his mom and dad and his sister, Jennifer.
He talks about how close his parents were and how things were for him growing up in his song, “Where I Grew Up,” a song that he exclaims is the kind that you “hope to get at least 3 times in your entire career.” Even after he graduated high school, he stayed within his home state and moved a few hours away to Nashville – home of the country music stars.