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KENNY CHESNEY IN SOME TOWN SOMEWHERE

Photo Courtesy: Blue Chair Records/Columbia Nashville

Photo Courtesy: Blue Chair Records/Columbia Nashville

It’s been almost two years since Kenny Chesney has put out new music, but fans wont have to wait much longer.  On July 8, Some Town Somewhere hits the waves and Chesney admits that there’s something inherently special about this one.

“In some ways, this record is more me than anything I’ve done.  You get into my head, my heart and the way so much of what’s going on around all of us hits me,” Chesney says.  “Taken as a whole, this is a record about seizing life in all its forms: the moments you wish wouldn’t end, the times that make you rethink your priorities, the simple stuff that gives us balance, a few characters at the bar and the hope that it’s all worth doing.”

Chesney is working on Some Town Somewhere with longtime co-producer Buddy Cannon.  Because Chesney was so happy with how The Big Revival sounded in the studio, he is using many of the same musicians for Some Town Somewhere.

“When you’re in the studio, the chemistry the band has can have as much impact on the way the songs turn out as anything,” the artist explains.  “You could feel it on the last album, and I think everybody brought it up a notch or two this time.  Everyone kind of knew we’d let ’em push the songs, and, man, did they.  Even the acoustic songs have so much presence.”

Chesney will tour in support of the record with Old Dominion, Sam Hunt and Miranda Lambert along for the ride on select dates.  The trek is dubbed the 2016 Spread the Love Tour and began April 23.

AEROSMITH’S FAREWELL IN 2017

Photo Courtesy: Geffen Records

Photo Courtesy: Geffen Records

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is releasing his debut solo album, a country-flavored effort on July 15.  The record titled We’re All Somebody from Somewhere was unveiled in June during an appearance on NBC’s Today Show.

Tyler explained that when Big Machine Label Group head Scott Borchetta approached him about doing an album, he said, “I want to do a country record with covers of Everly Brothers, but unfortunately, so many people did.  But then…I went down and did a bunch of award things [in Nashville], fell in love with the town, and the rest is history.”

New York native Tyler, 68, said his introduction to country came when he was 11 and he pulled in a radio station in Fort Wayne, Indiana, that was playing The Battle of New Orleans, Johnny Horton’s 1959 hit. 

The album has twelve of the 15 songs co-written by Tyler; in addition, there’s a remake of Aerosmith’s Janie’s Got a Gun and the cover of Piece of My Heart.  “I believe y’all are gonna listen to this stuff and you’re gonna agree with me that it fell from a star,” Tyler told Rolling Stone Country of his new album.  “I had nothing to do with this shit, it’s just Nashville.  There’s something so magical about this town and me writing with all these people.”

But the news that has made shockwaves is Tyler’s confirmation that the rumors of Aerosmith planning a farewell tour in 2017 are true.

“I love this band, I really do, and I want to squash every thought that anybody might have about this…We’re doing a farewell tour, but only because it’s time.  We’ve never done that,” Tyler said.

The news broke on The Howard Stern Show, and stunned the audience and even the radio personality himself.  During the interview, Tyler then poked fun at bands like the Who and Kiss, whose previous farewell tours lacked finality.  While the details of the farewell tour likely haven’t been ironed out yet, Tyler joked about the tour’s length would last “probably forever.”

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE CAN’T STOP THE FEELING

Photo Courtesy: RCA Records

Photo Courtesy: RCA Records

Justin Timberlake is working on a forthcoming album inspired by his work on the Trolls soundtrack.  In an interview with BBC Radio 1Xtra, the singer detailed how follow-up material to 2013’s The 20/20 Experience sprung from the project and he also hinted at a future collaboration with the Weeknd.

Prior to Timberlake releasing Can’t Stop the Feeling, his first song in three years, Timberlake shared an Instagram photo in the studio with Pharrell Williams, which led to speculation about him working on a new solo album.  

In the BBC interview, the singer clarified that his meeting with Williams happened after his work on the Trolls song.  “I started working on the music for this movie prior to that [photo being taken],” he explained.  “But then working on the music for this movie just got me really excited about being back in the studio again ‘cause I kind of took some time off, you know, having a new family member, having a son.  I just kind of took some time off and wanted to just be in that experience.”

The singer also hinted that a Weeknd collaboration may soon be in the works.  “The Weeknd and I have been talking about doing a collaboration soon.  He’s working on an album.  I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that,” Timberlake said.  “He’s always in the studio anyway.  But we’ve talked about doing something together.”

Timberlake recently appeared with his Trolls cast mate Anna Kendrick to perform a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s True ColorsTrolls is scheduled to hit theaters on November 4th, while the soundtrack will be released on September 23rd.

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Local Vibe

GIRL MEETS BOY

Girl Meets Boy plays songs everyone loves!  The band plays everything from classic pop to 80s, rock to country as a duo or trio.  Their musicality is impressive and their energy infectious.  Catch up with Girl Meets Boy on:

– July 1 & 2: 10 pm at City Tavern in Fort Myers, FL.

– July 6, 13, 20 & 27: 6:30 pm at Doc Ford’s Fort Myer’s Beach Rum Bar & Grille in Fort Myer’s Beach, FL.

– July 7, 14, 21 & 28: 5:30 pm at Naples Beach Hotel in Naples, FL.

CALYPSO MAGIC

Calypso Magic is a tropical music performance act featuring Skip Elliott Bowman on the steel pan.  Skip is a seasoned musician that has played around the world and delights in personally researching his instruments and genres.  With an enjoyable blend of island sounds and pop/country favorites mixed with a Caribbean groove and even classical music, Calypso Magic shares the sounds of paradise!  Take in some relaxing tunes with Calypso Magic on:

– July 5 – 7, 12 – 14, 19 – 21 & 26 – 28: 12:30 pm at Bert’s Bar in Matlacha, FL.  

– July 1 – 3, 8 – 10, 15 – 17, 22 – 24 & 29 – 31: 12:30 pm at Bert’s Bar in Matlacha, FL. 

CHICAGO MOB

The Chicago Mob came together in 2009 as a funky, danceable blues and Motown band that really knows how to have a great time. They play everything from the Doobie Brothers to Robert Johnson’s Sweet Home Chicago, and give audiences one heck of a “Mob” shake down.  Funk with the Mob on:

– July 24: 2 pm at Seminole Casino in Immokalee, FL.