If you look at the history of Kenny Chesney, there are really two distinctive chapters.
The first chapter is the Kenny who just wanted to fit in. He looked like everyone else, and he sounded similar as well. For the first three albums of his career, he had his own flair but for the most part, he was just like everyone around him.
It wasn’t until his “Everywhere We Go” album was released in 1999 that Kenny really started to figure out who he was. Built on songs like “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” Chesney was starting to evolve into the artist he is today.
The seeds of No Shoes Nation were being sown.
The album’s first single “How Forever Feels” was the first time Kenny took a chance and did something to step outside the norm. The decision paid off in a big way. Not only did the song shoot to No. 1 at the end of March, but it also stayed there for six weeks and set the course for the rest of his career. Here he is performing the song at the ACM Awards in 1999, just two years after he won Top New Male Vocalist at the ACMs in 1997.
This year, Chesney is nominated as both an artist and a producer in the category of Vocal Event of the Year for “Wild Child” with Grace Potter.