Watch Kenny Chesney Join Jimmy Buffett for Surprise Nashville Concert

Casual superstardom at its finest! Music City is back!

Written by Chris Parton
Watch Kenny Chesney Join Jimmy Buffett for Surprise Nashville Concert
Kenny Chesney; Photo credit: Allister Ann

For music lovers, Nashville is always full of surprises. And as live concerts resume there will be more than ever. Just look at Kenny Chesney hopping on stage with Jimmy Buffett for a surprise show on Monday night (June 21).

The incredible moment of casual superstardom took place at Nashville’s venerable Exit/In — which only holds about 500 people — and both Chesney and Buffett shared clips on social media.

In one, Chesney sheepishly leads Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band through an unexpected rendition of his own “Back Where I Come From.” In another, the country superstar sits in on Buffett’s signature hit, “Margaritaville,” helping bring the breezy tropical jam to life. And elsewhere, a crowd of stunned onlookers watches one of the world’s most celebrated live performers finish his set in sandy style.

“Always a blast being on stage with my friends Jimmy Buffett, Mac McAnally, and the rest of the Coral Reefer Band,” Chesney wrote on social media. “Thanks for the invite Jimmy.”

The surprise moment found Chesney teaming up with one of his idols, as the country superstar has long cited Buffett and his connection with fans as an inspiration. The pair share a mutual love of all things beachy, and even collaborate on “Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season” off Chesney’s Get Along album.

Meanwhile, the un-advertised gig was a stepping stone to bigger things. Buffett was reportedly in Nashville rehearsing with his band, gearing up for a trio of big Nashville shows at Ascend Amphitheater on July 6, 8 and 16. As he noted on Instagram, the Exit/In is Buffett’s “happy place,” since he was famously the first artist to perform at the West End club when it opened 50 years ago. The Exit/In went on to become an iconic Music City stage, and although it came close to closing down as the pandemic prevented live concerts in 2020, it thankfully avoided disaster.