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Originally posted 08/10/2013 11:30AM
Finally! We've been waiting all summer long for Kenny Chesney's No Shoes Nation tour to make its way to New York – okay, New Jersey – and the time has arrived.
On Thursday, the singer took the "no shoes" part of his tour name seriously, shedding his footwear in Bangor, Maine, as pictured.
So, as PEOPLE gets ready to make our annual pilgrimage for what will undoubtedly be a day of great music, check out this playlist full of old and new Chesney hits that have been getting us in the mood.
Originally posted 06/05/2013 01:00PM
Country's finest are showing off a little skin – and a lot of charm.
"I hate looking at pictures of myself!" Tim McGraw insists. But one glimpse at the 46-year-old singer's ripped abs, which are featured in the new Hot Guys issue of PEOPLE Country, and we'll respectfully disagree.
Equally compelling eye candy? Fellow country stars Jake Owen, 31, and Kip Moore, 33, who also go shirtless in the new issue. But, as Owen explains, that buff beauty is more than skin deep.
Originally posted 06/03/2013 06:00AM
Chances are, unless it involved an icy beverage, a sparkling pool or a chaise lounge, you couldn't be bothered to do it this weekend.
So crank up the air conditioning and catch up on what you missed:
Originally posted 06/01/2013 06:00PM
Kenny Chesney is having a field day with his down time.
Currently out on his No Shoes Nation Tour, the country star, 45, took a break from the stage to practice his football skills alongside the Seattle Seahawks at the Virginia Mason Athletic Facility in Renton, Wash. on Friday.
"I met [the team's coach] Pete a couple of years ago at our show at the Tacoma Dome," Chesney says of his invitation to the country star.
Originally posted 05/28/2013 08:00AM
Sun-bleached straw hat? Check. Tanned toes digging into the sand of a Florida beach? Check. Cut-off T-shirt showing off those well-honed biceps? Check and, oh, yes, double check.
It's a look that's helped make Kenny Chesney country's favorite beach boy and win him a string of Entertainer of the Year trophies – and the title of People Country's Hottest Guy 2013.
But while the person staring out at the water this morning looks like the same fast-forward-living superstar who's been selling out stadiums and racking up hit singles for more than a decade, the singer admits he doesn't feel the same. And there's an intensity and thoughtfulness about him that hints at a man who wants to dig a little deeper.
Originally posted 05/06/2013 12:00PM
It's quite the power trio at the head of this year's nominations for the CMT Music Awards.
Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan and Eric Church each picked up four nominations Monday, PEOPLE can reveal exclusively. They are followed by country veterans Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and Rascal Flatts, as well as first-time nominees Florida Georgia Line, with three nominations each.
Carrie Underwood, who led last year's nominations with five (and won video of the year), has two nods this year. She is joined by Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Hunter Hayes, Jana Kramer, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town and the rock group Journey.
Originally posted 04/26/2013 05:30PM
With the passing of country icon George Jones, many will remember the singer's mythical stories of hard-living and never showing up for concerts.
But Kenny Chesney says his friend was a supportive force in his life when he was just starting his career. And he recalls opening up for Jones during his reunion tour with Tammy Wynette in 1995.
"I thought I'd made it," Chesney said in a statement Friday. "Then one night, George asked me if I was heading home because he and [his wife] Nancy had a plane, and they'd take me. I remember sitting on that jet, thinking, 'This can't be happening.' Because he was George Jones and I was some kid from nowhere. I'm sure he knew, but he was generous to kids chasing the dream and I never forgot it."
Originally posted 04/06/2013 03:20PM
The Academy of Country Music Awards are going to be one heck of a show.
With Jana Kramer and her fiancé Brantley Gilbert both nominated for best new artist and Garth Brooks and George Strait performing together for the first time, country music fans are in for a treat.
But if you're not in Las Vegas, it doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the fun of ACM weekend. Before the show airs live Sunday from the MGM Grand (CBS, 8 p.m.) keep up with the country stars on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook! Here are a few of our favorite socially minded singers:
Originally posted 03/18/2013 11:10AM
It turns out Taylor Swift is getting back together – with the Academy of Country Music Awards.
Named entertainer of the year in 2012, the singer and multiple nominee is returning for this year's show as a performer, joining Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean and Tim McGraw.
Little Big Town and Eric Church also will perform, along with previously announced performers Miranda Lambert, Kelly Clarkson and a fan jam headlined by Brad Paisley.
Originally posted 06/13/2012 05:30PM
For the first time in his adult life, Kenny Chesney can finally say he has a dog.
"A friend gave it to me and said, 'Here, Kenny, you have to learn to attach to something!' God's honest truth!" Chesney tells PEOPLE. "Now, I love the guy."
The newest Chesney is Pancho, a goldendoodle that joined the country star – who is currently on the Brothers of the Sun tour with Tim McGraw – in January. "Next thing you know, next day at PetSmart, I'm buying stuff, buying things and I have no idea!" he says. "That's just a dog! I can't imagine having three kids [like McGraw has]."
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