American Kids

Kenny Chesney

The Big Revival

June 20th, 2014

We grew up as good old “American Kids”: making out in back seats, partying up on the weekends, “Makin' it to second base, but sayin' you went all the way,” Dad doesn’t like sister’s new beau and is waiting on the porch with a shotgun. The memories coming flooding back with such song references as: “Born in the USA” and “On the Cover of the Rolling Stone."

Did you know?

  • Chesney heard the tune during a writers’ retreat with McAnally, and according to Chesney: "It was unlike anything I’d ever heard... it just grabs you and holds on, but even more importantly, it feels really good."
  • “American Kids” debuted at No. 27 on the Country Airplay chart, which is Chesney's 10th top-30 debut and this total is the most of any artist since the chart was launched in 1990. It also debuted at No. 82 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 17 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The following week, it reached No. 6 on the Hot Country Songs chart.
  • Kenneth Arnold "Kenny" Chesney (born March 26, 1968) in Knoxville, Kentucky.
  • Chesney has recorded 15 albums, 14 of which have been certified gold or higher by the RIAA.
  • He has produced more than 30 Top Ten singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, 22 of which climbed to the top of the charts.
  • The Country Music Association honored Chesney with the Entertainer of the Year award in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008.
  • In 1986 Chesney graduated from Gibbs High School where he played baseball and football.
  • Chesney studied advertising at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN, where he was a member of the ETSU Bluegrass Program and the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
  • Kenny Chesney performing in the East Room of the White House on May 16, 2006, at the official dinner for Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Mrs. Janette Howard
  • April 26, 2008 at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina: During the introduction of his set, his boot got caught between a hydraulic lift and the lip of the stage surface, which crushed his foot and produced a severe hematoma from the ankle down, with most of the damage centering within his toes. It took approximately 30 seconds to pry his foot loose as he squatted down on the stage while the band continued to play an extended introduction of the song. When Chesney finally freed himself, he stood up and kept holding his hand on his knee as he began singing.
  • Chesney owns a 60' Sea Ray yacht and has a home in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He also spends time in the Caribbean and includes island-themed songs in some of his work, such as those on his 2005 album “Be As You Are”.