SoundScan watchers received good news today, with the announcement that Kenny Chesney has set a Sept. 28 release date for his latest studio album, Hemingway’s Whiskey. Named for the title track penned by Guy Clark, this will be Chesney’s first mainstream studio effort in three years, since Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates.
During that time the superstar stayed top-of-mind with fans by offering the laid back beach tunes on Lucky Old Sun, Greatest Hits II, and the movie Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D, all yielding radio hits (“Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven,” “Down The Road,” “I Went Out Last Night,” and “Ain’t Back Yet”).
When Chesney decided not to mount his usual summer stadium tour, it was in large part so that he could focus on the new album. “I knew I wanted the record to be something more, something that took what I do in my special projects and weaved it into what I do for the mainstream,” he says. “It takes a lot of energy and mental space to be on the road… and I kind of felt like, especially coming off of this second Greatest Hits, this next record should be something that set the stage for the next phase of my music, the same way No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems opened up the music I’ve made for the past 8 years.”