WATCH: Kenny Chesney Surprises Nashville Crowd, Joins Jimmy Buffett and Mac McAnally On Stage

Kenny Chesney surprised fans at Nashville’s Exit/In on Monday evening (June 21) with a pop up appearance at a Jimmy…


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June 22, 2021


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Mac McAnally, Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffett; Photo Courtesy Instagram

Kenny Chesney surprised fans at Nashville’s Exit/In on Monday evening (June 21) with a pop up appearance at a Jimmy Buffett show. 

Buffett, who performed at the iconic venue alongside his collaborator and famed songwriter Mac McAnally, invited the country superstar to join him on stage for a performance of his signature hit, “Margaritaville.” 

Chesney shared a clip of the performance on Instagram on Tuesday morning, writing, “Always a blast being on stage with my friends Jimmy Buffett, Mac McAnally, and the rest of the Coral Reefer Band. Thanks for the invite Jimmy.” 


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Chesney and McAnally, a 10-time CMA Musician of the Year, are also frequent collaborators. The pair joined forces on the chart-topping hit, “Down the Road,” in 2008. 

Chesney’s surprise appearance comes just days after the announcement of his much-anticipated Here And Now 2022 Stadium Tour. The 19-date tour is set to kick off on April 23 in Tampa, Florida. 

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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.