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Kenny Chesney


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Kenny Chesney: Kenny Chesney is country music's resident hit-maker having placed a single in the top 5 of Billboard's US Hot Country singles chart every year since 1996. Chesney's collection of country party anthems from "Beer in Mexico" to "Out Last Night" keep the Tennessee native at the top of the charts and on the road with a busy concert schedule. Chesney has toured the nation every year since 2001 and tour dates for his 2011 "Going Coastal" outing have the prolific singer-songwriter touring the nation throughout August.

The road to fame for Chesney is a familiar tale of honky-tonk hustling and record label shopping in Nashville. Chesney moved to country music's capital in 1990 and became a fixture on the bar scene until 1992 when he secured a songwriting contract with Acuff Rose Publishing. Chesney released his first full-length album, "In My Wildest Dreams", in 1994 under BNA Records. However, it was not until 1997 that Chesney experienced mainstream success when his single "She's Got it All" hit #1 on Billboard's US Country singles chart. In the same year, Chesney also garnered the "New Male Vocalist of the Year" award from the Academy of Country Music and his fourth album, "I Will Stand," achieved gold-certification status. Since then, Chesney has churned out eight more LPs, all of which have been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum by the RIAA. Additionally, Chesney has placed forty singles in the Top 40 of Billboard's Hot Country Songs, eighteen of which have rocketed to the top slot. Chesney has solidified his position as one of the top selling acts in terms of albums sales and concert revenue, however, he has not let this success go to his head. He still maintains his residence in Nashville, his signature cowboy hat, and asserts that "he is not that different from the kid who came to Nashville with a head full of dreams."

Kenny's production of hit singles and albums is matched only by his equally prolific concert schedule which has kept Chesney on the road for the better part of the last decade. The avid performer has been awarded the Entertainer of the Year award by both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association an astounding four times each. Between 2005 and 2008, Billboard honored Chesney with the "Touring Award for Top Package" award and his 2007 Flip Flop Summer Tour ranked as that year's highest grossing country outing. Chesney has perfected the country music concert experience with his laid back collection of backwoods meets beach hits such as "When the Sun Goes Down" and "Keg in the Closet." Tour Dates for Chesney's 2011 "Going Coastal" circuit have him visiting country music lovers everywhere from Tuscaloosa to Toronto. Whether his is riding a tractor on stage behind the backdrop of fireworks or slowing it down with his acoustic guitar, Chesney brings the honky-tonk to packed arenas all around the country. Whether you are based in Winnipeg or Wichita, make Eventful your source for upcoming Kenny Chesney concert dates and don't miss on one of country music's best entertainers.

David Lee Murphy: David Lee Murphy calls his music "Saturday night in a pickup truck with the windows rolled down having a good time party music". It's the kind of country music that moves the feet as well as the heart.

Murphy burst onto the scene in 1994 when his song "Just Once" (from the soundtrack of the film 8 Seconds starring Luke Perry as bull-riding champion Lane Frost) was released as his first single. He followed up with the hits "Fish Ain't Bitin'", "Party Crowd", "Dust On The Bottle" and "Out With A Bang" (all from the MCA CD Out With A Bang). "Dust on the Bottle" spent two weeks at the top of the country charts and "Party Crowd" became the most performed country song in 1995 according to Radio & Records magazine. It later became one of ASCAP's 50 most performed songs of the decade. Murphy's Out With A Bang became the best selling debut album by any male artist in 1995.

Murphy was a classic 10-year overnight success story. He arrived in Nashville in 1983 from Herrin, Illinois intent on establishing himself as a songwriter so he could have a solid source of material as an artist. He had some success as a writer, with cuts by Reba McEntire, Dobie Gray, and Doug Stone, but most of the time he struggled, traveling around the southeast fronting a honky tonk band and staying true to David Lee Murphy. "I was just a struggling, flat-broke songwriter," he recalls, "but living that lifestyle was doing what I wanted to do. Even when I didn't make much money I was happy because I was working toward something."

On Murphy's second album, Gettin' Out The Good Stuff, he stretched his artistic range with a variety of songs, all of which he wrote or co-wrote. "Everytime I Get Around You" and "The Road You Leave Behind" continued his string of hits, while "Born That Way", "I've Been A Rebel (And It Don't Pay) and "Genuine Rednecks" continued to establish Murphy as one of the most energetic and rockin' performance acts in country music.

Murphy's music has always been unique and different from the Nashville norm. Part of that uniqueness stems from the fact that Murphy, as a former struggling songwriter, always felt at home in a studio. "Since 1983, when it was a big deal to go in and make demos, recording in the studio was fun for me" he explains. "When you write the songs, you just want to go in there and make them come to life. I think part of what makes my records stand apart," he states, "is that I write and sing the songs; do the background vocals; make the arrangements; play acoustic guitar and oversee the production of the songs. From all those years of making demos and writing songs, I just learned how to make records. You have to when you're a songwriter because you don't have a producer telling you what you need to do. It's survival of the fittest.

Although Murphy was "hands on" in the studio for his three MCA CDs, it wasn't until his third album We Can't All Be Angels, that he was given "associate producer" credit. Angels took Murphy's music even further out of the Music City boundaries. Critics and industry insiders agreed that the songs, the sound and the entire direction of the CD were way ahead of their time. Although not commercially successful, We Can't All Be Angels was hailed by one critic as "the best album to come out of Nashville in many years". It contained the singles "All Lit Up In Love", "Just Don't Wait Around 'Til She's Leavin'", and "We Can't All Be Angels" (which was included in the movie soundtrack for Black Dog which starred Patrick Swayze, Randy Travis and Meat Loaf). "It's a rockin' record," says Murphy. "Mentally, it's the country message, but as far as the framework goes, it's got a rockin' feel to it. All my records have been more rockin' than normal for Nashville. I like to record music that we're able to really crank up and rock on live."

Murphy still maintains a constant grass roots touring schedule and songwriting regimen. Promoters across the country are amazed at the loyalty of his fan base and the extreme distances his fans will travel to catch one of his performances. One top country promoter recently compared Murphy's fans to those of the legendary rock group the Grateful Dead. He stated, "They will travel hundreds of miles to see David Lee in concert. You see many of the same faces at everyone of his shows on a tour."

In addition to his touring schedule, Murphy continues to write songs for himself and other artists. His compositions have been recorded by some of country music's hottest acts: Aaron Tippin, Brooks & Dunn, Trick Pony, Andy Griggs and Chris LeDoux to name a few. He has written with some of the top songwriters, artists and producers in Nashville, including the legendary Waylon Jennings. He is also a very "in demand" songwriting partner for many of the top Country artists and producers in Australia, where he recently toured and established an avid following. Murphy recently wrote and recorded a song, "Holdin' On", for the Professional Bullriders Association project Dancin' With Thunder on Sony Records. The song continues Murphy's rockin' country tradition that is being emulated today by many of the new artists on the country music scene.

Murphy's unique influence on country music continues to be felt in his distinctive songwriting style and recurring airplay of his classics like, "Dust on the Bottle", "Party Crowd" and "The Road You Leave Behind". He is currently finishing up his next studio project, which will be his first release in many years. There is little doubt that the eyes of the industry and the public will be closely focused on Murphy's next recording. He has gained a reputation for musical integrity, exploration and adventure. One thing is for certain…David Lee Murphy will never be accused of following the pack.

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