Kenny Chesney Confirms He’s Working On New Music Alongside Beachside Selfie

Kenny Chesney is officially working on new music.  The East Tennessee native confirmed he is writing songs for his next…


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November 29, 2022


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Kenny Chesney is officially working on new music. 

The East Tennessee native confirmed he is writing songs for his next project in a recent social media post. 

“California dreaming on such a winter’s day… Out here writing songs and thinking about next year’s tour makes me happy,” Chesney shared alongside a photo of himself with the California coastline behind him.

Fans have been awaiting new music from Chesney for quite some time. His latest full-length project, Here And Now, was released in May of 2020. The album includes singles such as “Tip Of My Tongue,” “Happy Does,” the chart-topping “Knowing You,” and the energy-filled title track.

This summer, Chesney surprised fans with the release of a new track, “Beer With My Friends,” with his longtime tour mates, Old Dominion.  

The exciting news of new music comes just days after the announcement of Chesney’s 2023 I Go Back Tour. 

Kicking off on March 25 in State College, PA, the I Go Back 2023 Tour will visit 21 cities across the U.S., many of which hold a special place in Chesney’s heart.  

“I remember coming up, the craziness of so many of those dates,” Chesney recently shared. “Markets where people were using chain-cutters to get onto the lawn because we were so sold out in the Carolinas… and that’s a kind of energy that should never be left behind. For all those fans – based on how good last year felt – I want to bring what was coming off that stage to you, where you are, so we can all have that kind of experience together!”

Joining the eight-time Entertainer of the Year on the road will be his longtime friend, “Half Of My Hometown” collaborator, and fellow East Tennessee native, Kelsea Ballerini. 

Kenny Chesney, Kelsea Ballerini; Photo Courtesy ACM Awards
Kenny Chesney, Kelsea Ballerini; Photo Courtesy ACM Awards

“Kelsea understands everything about where I come from, because she’s from there, too,” Chesney shared in a statement. “She knows how hard it is to leave, how much you miss all those things that make you who you are… but also how the only way to chase the kind of dream she has is to do just that. It’s a tough call when you love home the way we both do, but for kids like us, there was never really a choice.

“When she texted me to sing on the song she’d written with some of our friends, I said, ‘Let me hear it,’ knowing she knew everything about who I was,” he continued. “As soon as I heard that first verse, I was in. And I have been one of Kelsea’s biggest fans ever since. She’s a writer, a girl who sings from her heart and isn’t afraid to honor where she comes from. To me, there was no other choice for this tour.”

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After teaming up for their award-winning collab, the pair formed a friendship and Ballerini says the opportunity to tour with Chesney was a welcome one.  

“Music has taken me so many incredible places,” Ballerini said. “Around the world, singing with some of my heroes in pop, alternative and contemporary music, but singing with Kenny is going home. He was the only voice I heard on ‘half of my hometown,’ and when he comes in, it’s just like hitting the Knoxville city limits. So to be able to go out to those cities like the place he and I grew up with an artist who’s accomplished what he has, it’s a lot like going home.”

Pre-sale tickets for Kenny Chesney’s I Go Back Tour are available now. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 2 at 10 am local time.  

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.