Kenny Chesney teams with Willie Nelson, Wailers Band on new album
Singer says the new set is “about friendship”
Kenny Chesney has revealed that his upcoming album, “Life On A Rock,” will include separate collaborations with Willie Nelson and reggae legends the Wailers Band. The album is due out April 30.
Chesney and Nelson pair up on “Coconut Tree,” which features marimba and steel drums. But it’s hardly the two stars’ first collaboration. They previously teamed up on Chesney’s “Lucky Old Sun,” and Chesney co-produced Nelson’s 2008 album, “Moment of Forever,” which Chesney says is “one of the things I’m proudest of in my career.”
With the Wailers Band, Chesney recorded the reggae song “Spread The Love.” While they have never previously recorded together, the band did once back Chesney on a CMA Awards performance.
“I really wanted to have that experience with [the band’s] Family Man and those guys, to go to Jamaica and make music and even write with them,” Chesney says of their new collaboration.
“The spirit of this record is so much about friendship,” adds Chesney in a press release. “A lot of these songs were inspired by the people I’ve met, the lives we’ve shared and the way they inspired me. It felt kind of odd to not have some of the musical people who’ve inspired me be a part of this record. So I reached out to Willie – because who is more inspiring?”
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