Kenny Chesney’s worldwide fan base, dubbed No Shoes Nation, has two new disciples taking the name quite literally. During the singer’s Today show appearance Tuesday, to celebrate today’s release of his new album, The Big Revival, the singer performed “Somewhere With You” and “American Kids,” and co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Matt Lauer both removed their footwear.
“The Big Revival was made with a lot of positive energy, and it took some time to make that,” Chesney told the hosts before performing “Someone Like You” from the album, which he made during a rare, year-long break from touring. “When they hear these songs I want them to feel that positive energy. We made this album with the thread of living in the moment.”
In spite of that credo, Chesney admits having his share of release-day jitters as the new LP hits stores.
“With this record, I didn’t want to repeat myself, but then again I didn’t want to alienate my audience either,” he said. “I wanted to take these songs we made and rattle their cage.”
After Lauer summarized the Tennessee native’s myriad of awards and accomplishments, Chesney performed his latest Number One single, “American Kids.” The first release from Revival, the tune marks his 23rd trip to the top of the country charts.