Many Kenny Chesney fans automatically connect his music to summertime when the living is easy. Although his hits mirror the same good vibes of that from his tropical escape, Chesney knows how to balance island time with his day-to-day work ethic.
Back in the day, Chesney used to seek shelter from the chaos of country music in his Caribbean hideaway whenever he had a minute off. For years on end, he’d swap the tour bus for the sandy shore and it became the norm that Nashville wasn’t even on his radar for returning to his home.
“There was a time that I was so busy, from 2000 to 2008, I was literally so busy on the road and then I would leave the tour and then I would go south. So, there were two or three years where I was never even in Nashville really, just for a couple of days. I would literally pack to come home because I was either there or I was on the road,” Chesney said of his former frequent island visits on The Bobby Bones Show.
Now that the singer plans his summers around stadium tours on an almost annual basis, Chesney shifted his paradise for the preparation in Nashville. Nevertheless, the time next to the ocean always stays close to his heart and the soul of his music.
“I think it is very much an authentic part of my life. I mean, a huge part of my music and my creative spirit and my soul. But I’m not there as much as people think I am. I work really hard and I’m on the bus a lot,” Chesney admitted with a laugh.
Chesney will perform at the 53rd Annual ACM Awards, which will air live from Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.