WATCH: Kenny Chesney and Carly Pearce Surprise Fans With ‘You And Tequila’ Duet

Kenny Chesney brought his Here And Now Tour to Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday (April…


Lauren Jo Black

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May 1, 2022

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Kenny Chesney brought his Here And Now Tour to Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday (April 30) and surprised the sold-out crowd with an on-stage collaboration with Carly Pearce. 

“We’re at the beginning of the tour, we opened the tour last Saturday in Tampa. This is our second night, you know, we’re starting to learn how to walk again, it feels incredible,” Chesney shared from the stage. 

He went on to reveal that his duet with Pearce came after a request from his mom, Karen. 

“We’re changing stuff with the set list and we didn’t do this last week, but my mama is here tonight from Knoxville and she wanted to meet Carly Pearce,” the superstar explained. “So, Carly came up on the bus and my mom goes ‘are you going to sing with Kenny tonight?’ and I went ‘you know, probably be a good idea.’”

Welcoming Pearce to the stage, Chesney said, “So, if you don’t mind, Carly please come out.” 

Pearce entered the stage, barefoot and wearing a Chesney shirt, to perform “You and Tequila” with the East Tennessee native.

The performance marked the first time Chesney has played “You And Tequila” on the road in quite some time. 

Co-written by Matraca Berg and Deana Carter, “You And Tequila” originally features Grace Potter and appears as the fourth single on Chesney’s 2010 album, Hemingway’s Whiskey.

Ahead of their on-stage duet, while talking with Country Now on the CMT Music Awards red carpet, Pearce teased the potential for a collaboration with Chesney.

At the time she remained right light-tipped, but teased, “It might be coming.” She also shared that the tour is a “dream come true” for her.

“I feel like he is the ultimate artist to be a part of a tour and I feel like I’m gonna learn so much from him,” Pearce gushed of the “Knowing You” singer.

Pearce previously opened up about her friendship with Chesney and shared her excitement over the chance to watch his show every night.

“I’ve loved Kenny Chesney forever, and he’s become a friend of mine over the last year,” Pearce told Everything Nash. “He’s honestly been a mentor, and I’m so excited to get to watch his show every night, and hopefully learn something every night. I feel like he’s the King of Country Music for touring.”

Pearce, who accompanies the eight-time Entertainer of the Year on all 41 dates of the tour, is also joined by Dan + Shay and Old Dominion on the 21 stadium dates. 

The Here And Now Tour 2022 kicked off on Saturday, April 23 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The tour will continue through August 27, where the trek will wrap up with back-to-back nights at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. 

Tickets are available HERE.

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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.