The Big Revival

The Big Revival

by Kenny ChesneyKenny Chesney


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As he headed into 2014, Kenny Chesney's career wasn't in need of a revival but after two successive commercial underperformers, it needed a jolt of energy, something The Big Revival provides. Abandoning the sun-bleached intimacy of Life on a Rock, Chesney cranks up the volume on The Big Revival, but it's not so much that the record is loud; rather, it's blazingly bright, crisp, and clean, from its singalong party tunes to its ballads. One of those ballads, "Wild Child," features Grace Potter, the singer who helped take "You and Tequila" high on the charts in 2011, her presence a subtle reminder that Chesney's biggest new millennial hits have been slow songs. Despite this apparent strength, the singer doesn't spend much time in the slow lane on The Big Revival. Most of the record clips along at a brisk pace, often spending time churning out reliable arena-filling anthems, but the record sounds so open that even the deliberate numbers feel expansive. This shift in attitude is entirely reliant on Chesney and his longtime producer Buddy Cannon's decision to supplement their regular stable of songwriters -- Shane McAnally and Rodney Clawson each have multiple credits -- with a few new writers, just enough to give this record a bit of thematic freshness to complement its sound. Chesney remains a bit of a romantic with a fondness for drinking songs, but there are passing references to Bonnaroo and Burning Man while the lead single, "American Kids," offers a snapshot of how life is lived in 2014. These scattered allusions help Chesney seem like a modern man, even as he faces the start of his third decade as a country star, while the sly slickness The Big Revival also feels contemporary: far from chasing the bro-country wagon, Chesney overhauls his core strengths, winding up with his best record in years.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2014
Label: Bna Entertainment
UPC: 0888430627420
catalogNumber: 306274
Rank: 40201

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny Chesney   Primary Artist
Alison Krauss   Background Vocals
Ashley Cleveland   Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Pat Buchanan   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jim Chapman   Background Vocals
Chad Cromwell   Percussion,Drums
Kenny Greenberg   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Natalie Hemby   Background Vocals
John Hobbs   Piano,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Paul Leim   Percussion,Drums,Cajon
Randy McCormick   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Larry Paxton   Bass
Michael Rhodes   Bass
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar
David Lee Murphy   Background Vocals
Michael Rojas   Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Tony Castle   Synthesizer
Shane McAnally   Background Vocals
Rob McNelley   Electric Guitar
Wyatt Beard   Background Vocals
Rodney Clawson   Background Vocals
Luke Laird   Background Vocals
Matt Dragstrem   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Jeff Taylor   Accordion
Danny Rader   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Nicolle Galyon   Background Vocals
Dan Tyminski   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dennis Linde   Composer
Buddy Cannon   Producer
Kenny Chesney   Composer,Producer
Craig Wiseman   Composer
David Lee Murphy   Composer
Andrew Dorff   Composer
F. Reid Shippen   Programming
Tony Castle   Engineer
Vicky McGehee   Composer
Jimmy Yeary   Composer
Shane McAnally   Composer
Aaron Fessel   Engineer
David Huff   Programming
Ross Copperman   Composer
Rodney Clawson   Composer
Brad Tursi   Composer
Brent Cobb   Composer
Matt Ramsey   Composer
Luke Laird   Composer
Matt Dragstrem   Composer
Tom Douglas   Composer
Josh Osborne   Composer
Chase McGill   Composer

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