Country Music Roundup: Kenny Chesney delayed his new album to record a duet with a pop star

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FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, file photo, Kenny Chesney performs on NBC's "Today" show in New York. Officials in Pittsburgh said they were pleased with the way they handled the Chesney concert Saturday, July 2, 2016, where more than three dozen people were taken to hospitals and multiple arrests were made. Guy Costa, Pittsburgh's chief operations officer, said "major, major improvements" had been made since past concerts. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Fans looking to cop the new Kenny Chesney album this week will have to wait a little bit.

Chesney delayed the release of his new album, “Some Town Somewhere,” initially slotted for a July 8 release date, until Oct. 28, Taste of Country reports.

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FILE – In this Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, file photo, Kenny Chesney performs on NBC’s “Today” show in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

The reason? A duet with P!nk.

Chesney told “Taste of Country” that a song from the album called “Setting the World on Fire” needed a woman’s voice, and since becoming friends with P!nk after spending some time in California, he offered the song to her.

“Sure, it would be easier to just leave everything on schedule,” he told “Taste of Country.” “But when you have something you know is great, and it captures the best part of being alive, why wouldn’t you slow down enough to make it happen in the moment?”

Eeeeh. I’m thinking this has a lot more to do with label execs pushing more crossover collaborations. P!nk + Chesney = more radio airplay opportunity, just like Brad Paisley and Demi Lovato, Florida Georgia Line and The Backstreet Boys and Pharrell and Little Big Town.

But who knows, maybe “Setting the World on Fire” won’t be bad. “Noise,” the album’s first single, has stayed in the Top 20 on the Billboard Country chart despite its tired “technology is bad” premise. Hopefully moving the release date close to Halloween won’t scare fans away.

Other Music

On the other end of the album release spectrum, Mark Chesnutt’s first album in six years is set to drop this Friday. “Tradition Lives” doesn’t have a pre-album release single out yet, but the track listing on Chesnutt’s website promises a tribute to Merle Haggard…

Whatever depths and goodwill Trace Adkins mined for his other 2016 single, “Jesus and Jones” is gone on his new song, “Lit.” Adkins is back in “Swing” and “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” mode as he compares various states of inebriation and electricity to…a woman’s love. He can, and has, done better.

Country Music Shows


 “Blue Ain’t the Word: A Tribute to Ray Price” at Continental Club. Ironic, perhaps, that the ringleaders of this annual salute to the late, legendary Texan are a band that hails from Canada, but honky-tonkers the Rizdales are proud of their love for Price’s timeless music. Support comes from an A-list of local backers including guitarist Casper Rawls, bassist Kevin Smith and drummer Tom Lewis, with a star-studded cast of guest singers including Johnny Bush, James Hand, Teri Joyce, Susanna Van Tassel, Amber Digby and Ricky Broussard. $10. 10 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave. — P.B.

The big news on the horizon for American Aquarium leader BJ Barham of North Carolina is his first solo album, due out next month. In the meantime, though, he’s bringing his full alt-country ensemble to 3Ten for a show with local opener Ben Ballinger.—D.S.S.


New downtown hot spot 3Ten goes full-on alt-country with Mike & the Moonpies and Harvest Thieves. —D.S.S.

Head way up north to Bubba’s Backyard in Cedar Park if you have a hankerin’ for Charlie Robison’s rockin’ country. —D.S.S.


Bonnie Bishop at 3Ten. When the guy who produced breakthrough records for current country-outsider sensations Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell wants to produce your next record, it’s a pretty easy call to make. Bishop, a native Texan who had success in Nashville as a songwriter for Bonnie Raitt and others, turns toward Dusty Springfield-style soul sounds on “Ain’t Who I Was,” her first release in four years. Kalu James opens. $18-$20. 9 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. — P.B.

Canadian country band the Rizdales stick around after hosting their annual Ray Price soiree to play the Little Longhorn Saloon.—D.S.S.

San Marcos singer-songwriter Terri Hendrix, whose upcoming “Slaughterhouse Sessions” record is the second part of her 2016 “Project 5” series, plays Strange Brew with her longtime ace-in-the-hole sideman Lloyd Maines.—D.S.S.

Kyle country-folk faves Blue Water Highway Band pay Threadgill’s.—D.S.S.

This is the Country Music Roundup, a weekly blog where we’ll give you the latest news in country music releases and local country shows. For a more in-depth analysis of the genre and where it’s headed, check back with our weekly Gone Country blog every Thursday.

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