There are few people in the world as driven as Kenny Chesney, who released Life On A Rock and launched Blue Chair Bay Rum last week, while knee deep in his No Shoes Nation 2013 Tour that includes 19 NFL Stadiums. But in the takes-one-to-know-one department journalist/talk show host/activist/mother of two, Katie Couric sought her own level of accomplishment when she spent almost the entire show catching up with her friend and fellow make-it-happener, due to air May 13th.
“Katie is so smart, and so good,” Chesney says of the woman whose talk show received multiple Emmy nominations in its first season. “When you talk to her, you can tell she doesn’t just understand, she gets it… and that makes you want to really talk to her. That kind of interviewing is rare, and I’m so glad we were able to make it happen.”
The show, which also features two segments of First Responders in the Boston Marathon Bombing and a mother/daughter who were both injured, focuses on Chesney’s Spread The Love Fund, earmarked to help the injured get prosthetics and related care, the inspiration behind his deeply reflective Life On A Rock, taste-testing Blue Chair Bay Rum and discussing work ethic, achievement and the things that make life matter.
“Meeting the firemen and policemen, EMTs and the doctor who was running the Marathon and broke through the police barricade to treat the injured,” the songwriter says, “was really a profound perspective giver. You look at those people, who didn’t think about their own safety, but helping others – and you realize what a hero really is!”
He also performed a stripped down version of Rock’s “Spread The Love” with guitarists Kenny Greenberg and Clayton Mitchell, the song the Wailers had recorded in Jamaica they asked Chesney to write lyrics for. Chesney’s portion of the money from all downloads of “Spread The Love” will go to the Spread the Love Fund. www.bmc.org/kenny
“Katie is so generous to let us come on her show,” Chesney continues. “Not just to talk about life and music, but to talk about the Spread the Love Fund. She knows she can make a difference, and that’s just the kind of person she is.”
Meanwhile, Chesney’s No Shoes Nation Tour hits Dallas May 11 at Cowboys Stadium. With a full slate of dates, through August 23-24’s closing stand at Foxboro, MA’s Gillette Stadium, the man with 24 #1s is again bringing the summer alive across the nation.
The Boston Globe raved about his latest, “Chesney returns to that reflective, often acoustic place for Life On A Rock, and again hits a high-water mark,” while The Chicago Tribune opined, “the country superstar turns down the volume to offer a quieter and more contemplative meditation on sand and sea” and Billboard proclaimed, “Kenny Chesney’s Life On A Rock is surely the most personal work he’s ever done, and time will likely prove it to be among his best-loved by fans.”