Country superstar Kenny Chesney released his highly successful sixteenth studio album, The Big Revival, on this day in 2014.
Produced by Chesney and Buddy Cannon, the project had a total of four singles, each of which reached the No.1 spot on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart: “American Kids,” “‘Til It’s Gone,” “Wild Child” and “Save It for a Rainy Day.”
The title track for the album was originally recorded by John Anderson for his album, Nobody’s Got It All and Montgomery Gentry for their album Back When I Knew It All.
The eight-time Entertainer of the Year sat down for an interview with Entertainment Tonight to share some of the inspiration behind the album.
“I just felt like I was at that time in my career, my life as an artist, as a human being, that we just needed to reset things and to revive, if you will,” the country icon explained. “The Big Revival meant more than just a cool album title, it had a real meaning about how I felt in the studio, about where I was in my life and what I wanted to say to my audience.”
Chesney went on to share how to the idea of living in the moment inspired him to create this project.
“I have been moving for so long, and I am in love with the idea of being still. I crave it,” the East Tennessee native admitted. “The thread that runs through this record is about just enjoying where you are and the right now and trying to soak all that up… I try to preach that a lot of my audience, and it is really hard to live in the moment when you are constantly planning for something else.”
The project received copious amounts of praise, with major outlets jumping at the opportunity to write about the album. Rolling Stone wrote that the star, “continuously brings a sense of musical energy and emotional urgency his previous easygoing albums have sometimes lacked.” Billboard added, “‘The Big Revival’ serves his faithful flock a generous helping of country salvation with all the breeziness of a long holiday weekend.”
“The Big Revival” had its fair share of success on the charts as well. Debuting at the No.1 spot on the US Billboard Top Country Albums chart, peaking at the number 2 slot on the US Billboard 200 chart and selling 130,000 copies in the U.S. during the first week, the project was categorized as a huge success. The album was certified gold by the RIAA on February 13, 2017.
Click above to re-live two of The Big Revival‘s biggest singles, “American Kids” and “Save It For A Rainy Day.”