Kenny Chesney Goes Deep on Reflective Waltz, ‘Knowing You’

Check out his classic ballad to lost loved ones.

Written by Chris Parton
Kenny Chesney Goes Deep on Reflective Waltz, ‘Knowing You’
Kenny Chesney; Photo credit: Allister Ann

Kenny Chesney looks to “the other side” with his reflective new track, “Knowing You,” an early release from his upcoming Here and Now album.

Described as a gentle waltz in memory of someone special — and the impact they leave behind — Chesney’s label calls the spiritually-minded track “a moment to reflect on the loves, friends and seasons in our life that have moved on to other places, realities or realms.” And they compare it to deep-thinking tracks like “Who You’d Be Today” and “Hemingway’s Whiskey.”

Chesney’s Here and Now — his long-teased return to studio recording after 2018’s Songs for the Saints — is set to come out on May 1. The superstar shared the project’s tracklist in March, and its propulsive title track is already rising up the radio charts. But Chesney says he gets something different out of a song like “Knowing You.”

“People tell me their stories,” he explains. “It’s humbling hearing what a song has meant to someone, where and when they’ve played it. Funerals, weddings, big games, really important moments, or just alone in a dark time. When you realize what songs represent, it’s not a hit record, but actual chunks of people’s lives.

“For me, this song with that tempo – and the way the guys played it – brought back so much of the innocent hopefulness of country music, and it suggested so many people. It was one of those songs I knew we had to do.”