Kenny Chesney opens up about the plight of his beloved hurricane-torn islands EB Media PR/Allister Ann
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Kenny Chesney has been helping lead the hurricane recovery efforts in the Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Though the storms have long since passed, Kenny says the effort to restore the islands’ businesses and infrastructure will take years.

“Not to get too negative, but it was literally devastated,” he tells nationally-syndicated radio show “Ty, Kelly and Chuck.” “If you work in the bar business, the hotel business, the restaurant business or the boat business, that’s all the businesses there are down there. You don’t have a job, and you’re not going to have one for a while. But it will come back. It will. All we’re trying to do is to help accentuate that process and help build morale and get people back on their feet. They won’t have power for four months.”

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Kenny’s home in St. John provided shelter for several people during the storm before it, too, was destroyed, and he is committed to making sure that island and those surrounding it have the help they need to recover.

Says Kenny, “My life in the islands has been a huge part of my life. It’s been a part of my creative life. And emotionally, it’s been a really tough month for me because I’ve got a lot of friends down there, and that part of the world is really struggling and bleeding. But with the foundation we started with Love for Love City, we’re raising a lot of money to help build that infrastructure and help raise morale and help in any way we possibly can.”

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Kenny plans to continue the fundraising for the Virgin Islands into next year as he launches his “Trip Around the Sun Tour” in 2018.

“There’s a lot of very resilient people down there,” Kenny says, “and I will always say this, and I truly believe this in my heart — that music heals. I’m really proud of the stuff my team is doing down in the Virgin Islands, and I do think music, time and love will heal all of it.”

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Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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