After having taken a year off, Kenny Chesney is returning to Country airwaves with new single "American Kids" from his forthcoming sixteenth studio album, which he co-produces with longtime collaborator Buddy Cannon.
“When I heard it, I knew I was gonna cut it,” says the four-time CMA and ACM Entertainer Of The Year. “It was unlike anything I’d ever heard – and I listen to a lot of songs. The rhythms, the images, the way the melody moved... It just grabs you and holds on, but even more importantly, it feels really good.”
Chesney's new tune was written by Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally. Chesney first heard "American Kids" on a writing trip with McAnally, whose also written Chesney’s #1s “Come Over” and “Somewhere With You.”
Describing the message of the mid-tempo song, Chesney says "Hey, life is hard. People work long hours, have all kinds of stuff going on in their personal lives. But if there’s one thing I’ve seen over the last ten years, looking out at the faces in the crowd: you can’t keep my fans down. These are people who no matter what are in love with life, and they’re gonna find the good times no matter what. It’s not a perfect world. We are all a little screwed up, but we’re all okay. I love the idea of the screw up as part of it, because honestly it makes the parts that’re great, that much better. You appreciate those things that much more.”
"American Kids" hits radio June 20, and will be available digitally on June 23.