Kenny Chesney Surprises Detroit With Special Guest Uncle Kracker

Kenny Chesney’s Here And Now Tour rolled through Detroit, Michigan over the weekend and Chesney surprised the crowd of 49,725…


Lauren Jo Black

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August 22, 2022


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Kenny Chesney’s Here And Now Tour rolled through Detroit, Michigan over the weekend and Chesney surprised the crowd of 49,725 with special guest Uncle Kracker. 

Chesney’s show at Ford Field, home to the Detroit Lions, marked his 11th time playing the iconic venue. Fans packed into the stadium early and were ready for another memorable show in Motor City. 

In the midst of his electrifying one-hour and 55-minute set, the eight-time Entertainer of the Year surprised fans when Uncle Kracker joined him to perform their six-week No.1 smash, “When The Sun Goes Down.” 

The pair didn’t stop there as the Michigan native stuck around to sing “Follow Me” and “Drift Away” alongside Chesney. 

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“It’s been eight years since we sang together,” Chesney shared following the show. “But it was like we never left it. And once we got him out there, I don’t think anyone – especially the band – wanted him to leave. So, we just kept going, and had a big time with ‘Follow Me’ and ‘Drift Away.’

“It was that kind of night. Everything built on everything else, such focused love and passion. We could feel it all onstage, and it felt like Detroit, Michigan felt it coming from all of us, too.”

Earlier in the show, Kenny Chesney was joined by co-writers and Old Dominion’s Matt Ramsey and Brad Tursi for the three-week No.1 “Save It For A Rainy Day.” He also performed hits like “Summertime,” “Here And Now,” “Reality” and the fan-favorite, “Beer In Mexico.” 

“Tonight was so magical,” he said after the show. “From the second song in, we just felt it up there. It was obvious… and when it happens like that, there’s no way to describe it! To be that alive and in the middle of all that energy is something you can dream about…”

Kenny Chesney; Photo by Catherine Powell
Kenny Chesney; Photo by Catherine Powell

After 19 weeks and 21 stadiums, the Tennessee native’s massive Here And Now 2022 tour will come to a close this week with back-to-back shows at Gilette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on August 26 and 27. Sure to close out with a bang, the Here And Now Tour is one to remember!

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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.