Kenny Chesney Shares Love of Football in ‘Boys of Fall’
Kenny Chesney made the surprising announcement last year that, after playing for more than a million fans each of the past five years, he was taking a year off from touring. But the multi-platinum selling artist hasn’t spent all his free time vacationing in the islands. Kenny just finished filming his first documentary, ‘The Boys of Fall,’ which highlights his passion for high school football.
Growing up in Luttrell, Tenn., Kenny fondly recalls playing at his own alma mater, Gibbs High. “I was the starting wide receiver, which tells you how great we were. And I quit growing my freshman year,” he jokes to Sioux Falls radio station KIKN. “But I now know why we practiced longer, why our coach put us through double practices in the summer heat … all those things he put us through. It was to teach us things me and everybody on our team has used to become the people we are.”
Drawing from his friendships with several football greats — including John Madden, Brett Favre, winning Super Bowl coach Sean Payton and Troy Aikman, plus a few high school and college coaches — Kenny used the sport as a metaphor for his own life. “Anyone who knows me knows how much I look to football, the lessons learned, the experiences, the feelings as a map for living life, having a music career, being the kind of man I want to be.”
The initial inspiration for the documentary came from an ironic place. “When I was looking for songs for my album, someone pitched me ‘The Boys of Fall’ and it struck me as everything I think and feel bout that experience,” he explains. “That song was like striking a match!”
In addition to the documentary, which does not have a release date yet, Kenny also filmed ‘Summer in 3-D,’ which hit theaters earlier this year. The movie captures live footage of several of his stadium shows across the country. The entrepreneurial superstar also has his own clothing line, and is back in the studio working on another album.