Kenny Chesney Returns To His Roots With New Single, ‘Knowing You’

Kenny Chesney is returning to his roots with his new radio single, “Knowing You.”  The classic country waltz, which appears…


Lauren Jo Black

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February 22, 2021


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Kenny Chesney is returning to his roots with his new radio single, “Knowing You.” 

The classic country waltz, which appears on the superstar’s 2020 album, Here & Now, finds Chesney crooning over a loved one who’s no longer in the picture. Throughout the heartfelt lyrics, he admits he would be willing to do it all again knowing just how special it all was. 

“But, God, we were so alive/ I was a kid on a carnival ride/ Holdin’ my breath till the moment/ When you were gonna leave me too soon/ But I’d do it all over/ ‘Cause, damn, it was good knowin’ you,” he sings on the chorus. 

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“We all have those people in our lives who set you on fire with possibilities, make everything mean more in the moment and forever after that,” Chesney says. “It’s so technicolor and alive, you may not even realize when you’re in it. But when it’s done, you have to smile because you’re so much more for knowing them, so much more because of every second you shared.

“Maybe they left you to chase a dream, maybe circumstances pulled you apart, maybe they died, but wherever they are, you know they’re bringing all that to that place – because that’s what they do,” he adds. “It’s what they did for you, and you can only be grateful for what you experienced.”

“Knowing You” is reminiscent of some of Chesney’s earlier releases and that’s not by accident. 

“It sounds like coming home in a lot of ways,” he acknowledges. “This is the essence of all the music that country is. When you hear this, something inside tingles, because it’s more than production tricks, the guitars, or how hard the drums hit, it’s just so pure… Country at its very best is true, it’s from the heart. ‘Knowing You’ is just that, it’s all heart.”

“Knowing You” was co-written by Brett James,  Adam James and Kat Higgins. Click above to listen. 

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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.