Kenny Chesney has spent well over two decades amassing his millions-strong No Shows Nation fanbase. They snap up every ticket in the largest venues, show up to concerts to start the party eight hours before he takes the stage and then spend the night singing along to his carefully crafted up-tempo set list.
Chesney has seen it all from the stage. From the early stages of his career, the East Tennessee native was careful to hire photographers to document every step of his journey. Now Chesney — with the help of photographers Allister Ann, Jill Trunnell and Glen Rose, writer Holly Gleason and artistic director Heather Lose — is releasing a high-end, museum quality coffee table book exclusively to his fans.
Dubbed “Kenny Chesney: Living In Fast Forward,” the book is limited to 3,500 copies — all of which are signed, numbered and include 571 pictures that span his first days on the road, emergence as a headliner, and his path to sold-out stadiums. The pages also get up close with the fans and the glee they feel when experiencing Chesney in his element.
“It moves so quickly up there, the day-to-day flow of the tour,” Chesney explained of why he wanted to document his career in the photo book. “Over the years, I would see Glen’s images and Jill’s images and Allister’s images, and they were able to capture a really fast-moving flow in still life. If you look past me and you see the audience caught in still life, I started to gravitate towards them and looking at how happy they are to be in the moment with me. With the book, it’s a still moment and you get to feel the weight of that moment and you get to live in the moment forever.”
Chesney, along with the photographers, Gleason and Lose were part of a panel discussion about the book at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Friday. Rose captured the early days of Chesney’s career. Trunnell, who isn’t trained as a professional photographer, joined the team next. Chesney said that she does everything from orchestrate the tour to deliver his meals — in addition to photography. Ann came to work for Chesney during the “American Kids” album cycle. He said each photographer brings an individual eye to the work.
“This book is about our road life, our road family and this unique family we all get to share together,” he said. “I hope people take away how much a sense of community, and love for the audience and the audience for us. That’s a thread through this whole book. It’s a unique shared life experience for all of us.”
Gleason noted that one of the characteristics that makes Chesney special is his tendency to lavish love on his fans instead of just soaking up their adoration and giving nothing back. She said people who buy the book will have a glimpse of the singer’s heart.
“Kenny … is the epitome of everything that is good about American males, the honor, the sense the strength, the sense of goodness,” she said. “I think we forget to hold up regular people who are awesome — because it’s enough. He has a very strong sense of pouring into those moments that define us. And instead of blowing it up in the club, he pulls you right down to earth and says, ‘Hell yeah.’”
“Kenny Chesney: Living In Fast Forward” is only available to Chesney’s fan club members. To join, visit kennychesney.com/join.
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