Kenny Chesney, ‘American Kids’ [LISTEN]
Kenny Chesney has released ‘American Kids,’ the lead single from his forthcoming 16th studio album.
The song debuted debuted at 6AM Friday morning (June 20) on NoShoesRadio, and was released simultaneously to all radio outlets.
Chesney took 2014 off from the road to focus on his new project, and he says the results speak for themselves.
“When I took a year off to make this next record, I knew there was something special out there, but it was going to take time to find it, to write it, to bring it to life in the recording studio,” he says in a press release.
Written by Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally, the song celebrates the spirit of youth and the way of life all across America.
“With two hooks, three rhythm scans and some of the most ingenious wordplay I’ve ever heard, this song’s unlike anything I’ve ever heard,” Chesney observes. “The second Shane [McAnally] played ‘American Kids’ for me, I knew I was going to cut it. In fact, I kinda wondered why he hadn’t played it for me sooner.”
Though the track is up-tempo and fun, Chesney is adamant that it’s not just another summer party tune.
“There is so much more to being alive than partying, tailgates and bonfires,” he states. “It’s every single detail of being young, growing up, remembering when, laughing about how, but especially knowing you can still do all those things! American kids are so much more complicated, more fun, more real — and if there’s anything about this song, beyond the rhythms, the hooks and the playing, that I love, it’s the fact that it captures all the little things that life really is made of.”
He adds, “Just because it makes you smile, that doesn’t mean a song can’t say something! To me, it’s the songs that feel so good that really bring home a message. After all this time, I can’t wait to see what everybody thinks.”
Chesney is currently working with co-producer Buddy Cannon to mix his upcoming album. No title, release date or further details have been announced.