Kenny Chesney Celebrates 16th Anniversary Of ‘Be As You Are’ Album With Acoustic Performance

“I miss you guys,” Chesney told fans following his performance.


Lauren Jo Black

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January 25, 2021


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Kenny Chesney Be As You Are Album

Kenny Chesney marked the 16th anniversary of his album, Be As You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair), with a special acoustic performance. 

The superstar took to social media for the occasion and performed the beloved song, “Old Blue Chair” from his iconic old blue chair. 

“Today is the 16th anniversary of the release of one of my favorite albums I’ve ever put out,” the East Tennessee native shared. “The ‘Be as You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair)’ is a collection of songs that I wrote over about a five or six-year period on my boat down on the islands and it was a lot of fun inspiration I can tell you that!”

Dressed in a hoodie, shorts and a beanie, Chesney delivered an acoustic version of the song and closed the special performance by telling fans, “Thanks for loving that song loving the record. Can’t wait to play that song for you live sometime soon. I miss you guys!” 

Be As You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair) was released on January 25, 2005. The album was intended to be a side project, therefore, did not contain any major singles, however, to this day, Be As You Are remains a fan-favorite record among Chesney’s collection. 

Produced by Chesney and his longtime collaborator, Buddy Cannon, Be As You Are features 13 tracks, including “Guitars and Tiki Bars,” “Boston,” “Something Sexy About the Rain” and the cheeky “Key Lime Pie.” Chesney had a hand in writing each and every song on the album. 

The superstar‘s latest album, Here And Now, was released in 2020. 

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