Kenny Chesney took the stage at Freebird’s on the beach in Jacksonville, Florida on Friday night for the “Keg In The Closet” show. The performance followed a week of rehearsals at Veteran’s Memorial Arena in preparation for “No Shoes Nation Tour.” The tour kicks off on Saturday with at show at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The tour will make 19 stops at NFL stadiums across the country and Chesney is ready for the party to begin. Kenny says, “I promise everyone coming out to Raymond James Stadium, it’s gonna kick the summer into high gear! We’re talking 24, 26 songs, stuff that changes every night and a band that’s just ready to get out there and play!”
Tim McGraw is releasing “Highway Don’t Care” with Taylor Swift, featuring Keith Urban on guitar, as the next radio single from his Two Lanes of Freedom album. The track earned early airplay and became the number one debut on the Country Digital Songs chart before its official release to radio. Written by Brad Warren, Brett Warren, Mark Irwin and Josh Kear, the lyrics find McGraw and Swift trading vocals on the pain of being torn apart by distance. Along with guitar licks by Keith Urban, the dream team combines forces to create a landmark musical event being hailed by critics. The Los Angeles Times says of the song: “McGraw’s collaboration with Swift and Keith Urban is a blowout of a send-off ballad.”
Taylor Swift finds the inspiration for many of her songs from the heartaches and sadness in her past, but just how does she turn these emotions into hit songs. Taylor recently sat down with 60 Minutes Overtime to share some of the secrets of her songwriting. Swift says, “I break down emotions into like 50 million categories.” Then Taylor singles out one of those categories to further break it down. Swift continues, “So, let’s say you’re taking one of the big categories, which is sadness. There’s the missing-him kind of sadness. There’s the frustrated-and-confused, don’t-know-why-it-ended kind of sadness. There’s the I-know-we-can’t-be-together-but-I-just-miss-you-right-now sadness. Or there’s the sadness that’s kind of tinged with anger. There’s a sadness that has guilt with it. There’s sadness that has a little bit of hope he’ll come back.”
Jason Aldean will make his acting debut in the film Sweetwater that stars Ed Harris and January Jones. The film will make its premiere at the “Sundance Film Festival” in Park City, Utah, which runs from January 17-27. The film is set during 1886 in New Mexico Territory and is about a young widow (played by Jones) who attempts to avenge her husband’s murder at the hands of a sheep rancher. Harris portrays the town sheriff who helps the widow take revenge on her husband’s murder. The production for the film began in July and it was directed by Logan and Noah Miller.