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Kenny Chesney

August 05, 1999

Kenny ChesneyBy MEG H. PARTINGTON / Staff Writer




In between climbs up the country charts, Kenny Chesney will make his way onto the stage at The Maryland Theatre Friday, Aug. 6.

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According to this week's Billboard magazine, Chesney's "You Had Me from Hello" hit No. 8 on the Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart and his album, "Everywhere We Go," was the ninth-ranked country album.

"I felt like I had to step up this time around. This album is a lot gutsier. I'm very proud of the fact that there's not a boring moment on it and there's no overall theme. As far as I'm concerned, there are 11 different songs on here and 11 different themes. I'm having some fun, I'm crying a little bit, I'm feeling good and I'm feeling bad - all the way through the album," Chesney said in a statement released by RLG Media Department.

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Some of his fun spirit is reflected on his Web site, www.kchesney.com, which features a picture of him standing on a beach as an orange ball and fish cross the screen under the first strain of the tune "How Forever Feels."



Kenny's favorites

HobbiesGolf, readingSportsFootball, baseball, NASCARFoodMacaroni and tomatoes, fried potatoes, cornbread

In concert



Friday, Aug. 6, 8 p.m.

The Maryland Theatre

21 S. Potomac St.

Hagerstown

Tickets are $35 and $38, plus a $1.50 service charge.

Call 301-790-2000.

For the deaf, call 301-739-6312.

While there's some lightheartedness in the newest album, particularly in "How Forever Feels" and "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy," Chesney also tackles a weightier issue in the song "California."

"It's a little edgier, yet it's still very much country. As for the topic of the song, without really coming out and saying it, it's about a girl who was sexually abused by her father. She leaves, goes to California and never looks back. That kind of thing is heavy," Chesney says.

The ballad "You Had Me from Hello" was written to fit the same line from the movie "Jerry Maguire."

"I think a lot of people have been in love and gotten hurt and decided that they weren't going to love again. Then one day, they meet somebody and decide that maybe they will. That's what the song is all about. It talks about how that love was so intense that it tore down every wall he built around his heart," Chesney says.

His debut album, "In My Wildest Dreams," was released in 1993, followed by "Me and You," "I Will Stand" and "All I Need to Know." His latest set of tunes hit stores in March.

Chesney, 31, grew up in Luttrell, Tenn., 15 miles north of Knoxville. He developed his musical skills at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City.

While in college, he joined a bluegrass band and gave songwriting a try. He played regularly at a Mexican restaurant, as well as at local bars and fraternity houses.

In 1991, Chesney moved to Nashville, Tenn., where he got a job playing at a honky tonk called the Turf. He quit after about eight months and got a job parking cars.

In 1992, he signed a publishing contract with Acuff-Rose Music. His first recording deal was with Capricorn Records, but when Capricorn closed its country music division, he signed with BNA Records, with whom he is still affiliated.

In 1997, Chesney was named Top New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music.

" ... I'm very thankful for the path that my career has taken. I've learned something new at every level and there's a lot to learn about having a career as an artist. I wouldn't trade where I'm at right now or where I'm going with anybody in Nashville," Chesney says.

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