Kenny Chesney Enjoys A Snow Day With His ‘Best Friend’ Poncho

Chesney gave fans a rare look into his life at home amid the winter storm warning in Tennessee.


Lauren Jo Black

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January 15, 2024


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Kenny Chesney, Poncho; Photos via Facebook

Kenny Chesney, known for his love of the island life, has temporarily traded the sandy shores of the Virgin Islands for the snowy landscapes of Nashville, and he’s got his “best friend” Poncho by his side. 

The country superstar gave fans a rare look into his life at home with his Goldendoodle Poncho on Monday through a series of snapshots shared on social media. The images showcase Poncho enjoying the freshly fallen snow while sporting a Suitical dog sweater. There’s also a charming selfie of Chesney and his four-legged friend cuddled together inside amid the snowstorm. 

The East Tennessee native used his Blue Chair Bay Rum to measure the amount of snow in his backyard and to possibly cool the bottle of coconut rum. 

“Who needs refrigerators?” one fan pointed out. 

Chesney captioned the post, “Snow day with my best friend.” 

The country star adopted Poncho in 2013. The Goldendoodle is Chesney’s first canine companion since his childhood. He occasionally makes appearances on Chesney’s social media platforms, and even had a guest role in the music video for Chesney’s 2012 hit, “Come Over.”   

Poncho Appears In His “Come Over” Music Video

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Winter Storm Warning

According to the US National Weather Service based in Nashville, Tennessee, the area is currently under a winter storm warning. This remains in effect until 6 AM Tuesday (Jan. 16). Additionally, there is a wind chill advisory in effect as temperatures are dropping into the single digits, causing the wind chill values to drop in the negatives. Some areas in Middle Tennessee have reportedly seen between four and six inches of snow. 

New Album Coming Soon

2024 is shaping up to be a big year for Chesney as he’s currently working on his highly anticipated new studio album. The yet-to-be-titled project will mark the eight-time Entertainer of the Year’s first release since 2020. 

“I’m ready,” Chesney shared in a recent press release. “Because of the amount of time we’ve had to work… and not just work, but really just hang out, write, experiment and play with different kinds of music… I got to go places, do some things we wouldn’t normally try because we have such a clear vision of what we’re trying to do.”

Kenny Chesney; Photo by Jill Trunnell
Kenny Chesney; Photo by Jill Trunnell

He’s recorded the project at various studios around Nashville and promises to deliver “the best collection of songs we can give No Shoes Nation.” 

In preparation for the album, Chesney invited several of his songwriting friends to join him for writing retreats. He’s co-written several songs for the project, some of which will make the final cut. 

“I never want to just force songs on a record because I wrote them. But I love the process of writing, whether I’m writing with friends or new people… It opens up how you see the world, and music. But I’ve got four or five that I feel pretty sure are gonna be on this album,” he revealed. 

“Take Her Home” At Country Radio Now

The project will feature his current, chart-climbing single, “Take Her Home,” which arrived at country radio in November.

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As fans anticipated the release of his new album, they can look forward to his Sun Goes Down 2024 Tour, which will include 23 stadium shows. Kicking off on April 20 in Tampa, Florida, the trek will visit stadiums around the country before wrapping at Foxborough, Mass.’s Gillette Stadium.  

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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.