Kenny Chesney Most Played Artist In First Half of 2008

Brody Vercher | July 8th, 2008

  1. leeann
    July 8, 2008 at 10:42 am

    1. The top five most played artist certainly confirms so many people’s claims that only five artists seem to be played on the radio these days, which was discussed over at country universe last week.

    2. I’m looking forward to a new CD by Patty Loveless, though I had hoped it would be new music. I like covers, but I think it can be dangerous to do a covers album. I think Patty will be up to the challenge if anyone is though.

    3. It seems that Tom Roland lost his copy of the memo that declares that everyone should say what an incredible entertainer Kenny Chesney is.:)

  2. B. Jonathan
    July 8, 2008 at 10:47 am

    I checked the link for the most played artists and was surprised to see no Sugarland. I am assuming this is due in part to the relative lack of recurrent spins for “Stay”, but still, AIWTD is zooming up the charts.

    Covers albums seem to be in vogue once you reach a certain point in your career. I’m halfway surprised Patty had not done one before. I have high expectations for a tremendous stone-country record that will have little chart success.

  3. Paula
    July 8, 2008 at 10:54 am

    I read the Katy Armiger article …. I love this line (from the author of course, not from Katy).

    It’s all the result of live — and life — experience. And eventual breakout or not, it’s the best effort by a young-country act in recent memory. (I’m talking to you, Taylor Swift.)

    I never heard, or heard of, Katy but I’ll have to check her out.

  4. Kelly
    July 8, 2008 at 11:28 am

    I actually do not get the whole need for a covers album. Loveless is a great singer, no question, but do we need another version of “cold cold heart”? I also have a hard time assuming that the arrangements on these old songs will be anything new, let alone ironic. I know not everyone can pull “rusty cage” or “hurt” out of the pocket of Johnny Cash & Rick Rubin, but enough with any of the songs from Hank Sr.’s “Gold Collection”.

  5. Matt B.
    July 8, 2008 at 11:48 am


    I’ve been beating the Katie Armiger drum heavily the last couple of days. Her CD REALLY impressed me after I expected not to like it. It’s good pop-country. Also, her new single “unseen” is a great radio-ready tune, if radio will give it a shot.

  6. mikeky
    July 8, 2008 at 11:58 am

    kudos to everlast for that cash cover. that thing rocks.

  7. Stormy
    July 8, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Everlast is extremely underrated.

    For all that we have had the debate on here about mainstream vs non-mainstream singers can anyone come up with a more comprehensive list of singers we would rather not hear overplayed?

    While I like the idea of Patty Loveless singing some classic country covers, I would rather have a rarities live album like The Tigers Have Spoken than another studio over album.

    Katie is good, but I’m still sticking with Sierra Hull as my favorite not-quite-legal country singer.

  8. Razor X
    July 8, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    I am delighted to hear that there will be a new Patty Loveless album out soon.

  9. Rainbow
    July 8, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    I’m looking forward to the Patty album too.

  10. Rick
    July 8, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    I wish Katie Armiger all the luck in the world as she’s going to need it. She is not a former American Idol contestant, she is not a former pop music princess, she is not a media celebrity, and her music scores low on the “Airhead Appeal Factor” index because its actually thoughtful. Talented and interesting new female artists like Katie and Emily West come on the scene all the time and Top 40 country radio routinely ignores them as they fade into obscurity. I hope I’m proven wrong about Katie and Emily though……

    Thanks for the link to “Nashville at Nite” and Ashley Monroe’s concert footage and interview. Thank goodness she is NOT sharing the stage with Trent Dabbs. Ashley is so much more talented than any of the current contestants on Nashville Star that its not even funny…….

  11. Jim Malec
    July 8, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Sorry, not sold on Armiger. I have yet to hear a single vocal performance from her that is beyond mediocre.

  12. B. Jonathan
    July 8, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    “Unseen” is a nice track, but I kept thinking back to Ty Herndon’s “What Mattered Most”. The guy knows certain things about the girl, but not the important ones.

    Almost anybody other than Patty Loveless who covers some of those classics would make me disappointed, but I am looking forward to her take. Without seeing the track list, I hope that she picks a few more offbeat numbers.

  13. Marc
    July 8, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    You misspelled “overplayed” in the title!

  14. Krista
    July 8, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    I had to chuckle at Tom Roland’s comments on Kenny Chesney’s show. My husband and I and even our 10 year old daughter thought the same thing about the “sameness”…… She kept saying “didn’t he just sing this song?”

  15. CF
    July 8, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    VERY excited for new music from Patty. Can’t get enough of her.

    She will also have a duet with Jimmy Wayne on his next release (thanks to Bob J for finding this):

    Patty Loveless will join Jimmy Wayne for a duet on one of the tunes that will appear on Jimmy’s upcoming album. “This song had already been recorded, mixed and ready for packaging — however, when Patty agreed to sing with me on it, we pulled the song off the CD as fast as pulling a kid out of oncoming traffic,” notes Jimmy, who adds that the album also will contain two bonus cuts.

    – He’s a big fan of her’s so that’s awesome. I really like his voice. I hope it’s a real duet and not background vocals! (but I’ll like it anyway)

  16. Thomas
    July 9, 2008 at 3:22 am

    i think your little daughter just discovered kenny chesney’s secret of succuess. it doesn’t really matter, which album or song of his you pick to listen to – it mostly sounds kind of nicely the same. he’s mastered the art of being consistantly mediocre at a decent level, which is probably why radio likes him that much: you just can’t go wrong playing one of his songs if you don’t announce the title of the track beforehand. sometimes, i wish coffee shops reached such an elevated level of “sameness” with their “hazelnut cappuccini”.

  17. Lynn
    July 9, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Due to the Katie Armiger link/article above, I downloaded her new single “Unseen.” My first thought was – this could be Kelly Clarkson’s next single. Based on that song alone, I’m wondering if they are marketing her in the wrong format. She would fit in really well with the Clarksons, Colbie Callaits, Sara Bareilles who are dominating the pop world right now. Top 40 pop radio would love that song. Of course, I haven’t listened to the rest of her album…

  18. Margie
    July 9, 2008 at 11:29 am

    I totally agree about the same ole same old artist getting played all the time because they are being played constantly at the radio station I listen to and that’s why I am totally sick of Kenny Chesney!! And I also agree with Tom Roland’s review of Kenny’s concerts. If you’ve heard one of his songs, you’ve heard them all. Same with his videos!! No wonder alot of the people at his shows are drunks! Nashville executives treat him like a god and I just don’t get it with all the more talented people out there then he is. Saw him on the Macy’s 4th thing and he was awful and he’s using a guitar prop now!

  19. frozenphan
    July 9, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    One thing can bring sanity to a crazy world: A new Patty Loveless CD. Covers, or bluegrass or borderline pop…it’s all good!!!

  20. Guy
    July 9, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Kenny Chesney is the symptom of the sickness of Country radio today.

    What a joke that someone of such modest talent could become so “popular”. At this point, it almost defies explanation.

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