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Review: Kenny Chesney’s “Welcome to the Fishbowl”

Kenny Chesney’s Welcome to the Fishbowl is an album of love, loss, regret, resignation and loneliness. It’s a far cry from the “no shoes, no shirt, no problems”, beach lifestyle songs we are oh so familiar with (and sometimes love so much).

This CD of 12 songs – his 15th studio album – has Chesney’s same sweet melodic voice that we know and love but the songs have an abundance of the sadder, darker side of life compared with his happier, party on the beach “Follow me, everything is all right….” songs. There are a few noteworthy songs such as Feel Like a Rock Star his duet with Tim McGraw and You and Tequila (with Grace Potter) and the previously released Come Over which is a very pretty song.

The other songs are good , pretty and well written but they are the kind of songs that if country fans start to hear them on the radio, the station will get changed. Not because the songs are bad but because they’re mood changin’ songs. Far cry from some of Chesney’s songs from the early Millennium.

The last page of the album’s liner booklet states that the whole CD is dedicated to a friend of Chesney’s who passed away. It’s a beautifully written note – sad nonetheless – and explains the somber mood of this CD. We can only hope Mr. Chesney feels better and happier with his next CD. He is an excellent singer, songwriter and we love to listen to him. Maybe live some of those “happier” songs again.

Welcome to the Fishbowl - Kenny Chesney

Country Albums plunge in for Summer

Recently Released and upcoming new country music: Available now is Blown Away by Carrie Underwood, Heroes by Willie Nelson, and Ronnie Dunn Special Edition available through the Cracker Barrel Old Country store music program. Looking forward to the rest of 2012 there are quite a few upcoming country releases. Alan Jackson‘s wonderful Thirty Miles West… Continue Reading

He’s Got It All!

Every girl wants him, every guy wants to look like him. He is the fittest man in Country music. Yes, you guessed it – we’re talking about Kenny Chesney! So just what does Chesney do to look so great in his Levi’s and sleeveless shirt every night on stage? According to it is all… Continue Reading

Top 11 Summer Concerts

For the months of June, July, August and September of 2011. With a little help from the mainstay country music touring acts, the summer 2011 country music concert season in Chicago is really starting to take shape.  As in years past, major acts such as Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum and Kenny Chesney fill… Continue Reading

Country Thunder Day 4

Country Thunder Day 4

LIVE BLOG: 2:12:41 PM: Traffic backed up on Richmond Rd from Country Thunder to US12/IL31 intersection. 2:47:08 PM:  David Nail performs at Country Thunder. – 3:27:33 PM: David Nail hammers out his two most popular songs last, “Red Light” and “Turning Home”. 4:22:07 PM:  Luke Bryan playing it on the main stage: 4:40:47… Continue Reading

Country Thunder strikes again

Country Thunder strikes again

COUNTRY FESTIVAL ALERT: One of summer’s hottest country festivals will roll into South Central Wisconsin starting Thursday, July 22. Country Thunder USA, a Stateline favorite for 17 years, strikes again with improved festival design, extended music format and a stellar music lineup. In 2009, with headliners such as Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw, it seemed… Continue Reading

Lady Antebellum leads ACM Nominations

Chicago’s country music station receives nomination; local country music hotspot slighted. The Academy of Country Music released, on Tuesday, the slate of nominations for the 45th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Country music stars Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton announced nominations during a televised presentation. McEntire will return, for her 12th consecutive time, as… Continue Reading