Kenny Chesney Plays Deejay on His Own Radio Station
Kenny Chesney is transforming his iPod into a Web-based radio station. The superstar is set to launch No Shoes Radio at noon (ET) on August 6. He’ll be on hand in the parking lot of the Amphitheater at the Wharf in Orange Beach, Ala., where he’s set to perform later that night, for the radio station’s official live kick-off.
In addition to an interview and perhaps the performance of a few tunes, Kenny will be joined by tourmates Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum for the inaugural day of broadcast, which culminate in the simulcast of the Orange Beach concert, available via computer anywhere in the world.
“I always say I wish I could take the fans with us,” says the entertainer. “I can’t drag people around behind me, but we can still make them part of this concert experience. The idea that I can bring everybody together within all the music that inspires me … well, that’s what got me started doing this in the first place, and now we can find a way to bring everybody to the show! It’s gonna be cool, and then it’s gonna keep rocking.”
Expect Kenny’s eclectic musical taste to be another exciting aspect of No Shoes Radio.
“People ask me what I do and, obviously, because of the way I sing and where I come from, I’m a country singer, but really, what I do draws on so much more than that,” Kenny explains. “Growing up, I don’t think anybody listened to any one kind of thing — and what I think of as country, well, that’s not really what we do … But then again, I think most of our fans are listening to other stuff, too, whether it’s Dave [Matthews], [Bruce] Springsteen, [Tom] Petty or Jackson Browne, not to mention Bob Marley, who I think may be the great equalizer among all kinds of music.”