Kenny Chesney Readies New Album, ‘Here and Now’

Kenny Chesney’s new album, Here and Now, will arrive on May 1, 2020. The superstar confirmed the news this week,…


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March 4, 2020


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Kenny Chesney’s new album, Here and Now, will arrive on May 1, 2020.

The superstar confirmed the news this week, just a short time after the album’s title track became the most-added song at country radio upon its release.

The album is something Chesney has been working on for the past 18 months. It’s a project that he is extremely proud of and one that he believes pushes the boundaries a bit.

“When you’re this far into a career,” Chesney says, “I think artists need to keep pushing themselves and the music without losing sight of who they are, or forgetting the people you make music for. No Shoes Nation is a very passionate place without borders; I get inspired every time I see and hear them. These are passionate people who work really hard. They make a difference in their community in all kinds of ways, giving back not so people think they’re good, but because that’s who they are and what they do. When they listen to music, they’re all in – and when they hear something they like, you can feel it in how they respond.”

According to a press release, the album “paints pictures, captures specific people, celebrates road life, considers the truth of romance gone wrong and looks at how sweet life can be if we let it.” And in true Chesney form, the record will have a “high fun factor.”

“People work hard, and need music that makes them smile, that kicks them into a happy place,” he acknowledges. “There are also songs here that look at very specific people, that tell one person’s story, but it could be any of us. That’s the mark of a good song: let one person’s specific life say so much about a lot of people’s lives.”

Here and Now was co-produced by Chesney, his longtime producer Buddy Cannon and additional production assistance from Ross Copperman.

Kenny Chesney is currently preparing for the launch of his Chillaxification 2020 Tour, kicking off April 18 in Arlington, Texas.

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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.