Raise The Jolly Roger

Jan 31

ChesneyOnlineProfilePic_smallKenny Chesney is the only artist whose albums I purchase the day they are released.  He is also the only artist in which I have every one of the albums released to date. Over the years, Kenny has released some amazing albums, but as with many other fans, to me Kenny’s albums represent a lifestyle, not just songs, but a soundtrack to my life. As I sit anticipating the release of the first single, “Pirate Flag” off of his new album, scheduled to be debuted in just under two hours on No Shoes Radio, I am more excited about this album than I have been in a while.  The reason is simple, eight out of ten songs on the album were written by Kenny Chesney.  This to me means a return of the no shoes wearing, feet in the sand, old blue chair sitting, beer drinking, conch shell listening island boy that we all share as the unofficial guide to our favorite islands.  Yes my No Shoes Nation friends, I am sure, we are in for a treat with the release of “Life On A Rock”.

My favorite songs have always been the tracks that Kenny explained as being written on a napkin at a beach side bar in the islands or floating on a boat with some of his closest friends.  The songs that tell a story of the locals that don’t really care who Kenny Chesney is as an artist, they just enjoy his company and conversations over a beer, because at the end of the day, this is the life we all want.  These are the tracks that for three to four minutes at a time, pull us from reality, and take us away to a life that sweeps away the stress one note and one wave at a time.

When I read that Kenny wrote eight of the songs on the new album, my first thought was that we finally will get to hear some more stories about locals like Jose, who lives the life we all work so hard for.  Our summers will be getting a head start on April 30th this year, and with this news, the No Shoes Nation has something to look forward to, and something to pull us through the winter. While the white snow falls and cold days linger on, we know the white sand is just around the corner.

As an added bonus, being from Pittsburgh, “Pirate Flag” represents my favorite baseball team.  Like we say when the Pirates win a game, No Shoes Nation, “Raise The Jolly Roger”.

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7 Comments to

“Raise The Jolly Roger”

  1. Avatar February 1st, 2013 at 8:11 pm robin Says:

    OMG, I do the same thing!!! Actually I am at the stores at 5am and they have to go and get if for me because they haven’t put it on the shelf yet!!! Got them all too!!!


  2. Avatar February 2nd, 2013 at 7:24 pm Susan Says:

    Great Review. Loved it. Thank you Chesney On Line..


  3. Avatar February 4th, 2013 at 11:32 pm Kenny’s “Pirate Flag” set to hit all digital retailers Feb. 5 | Kenny Chesney Online Says:

    [...] Beyond the fans – including Chad Armel’s blog post “Raise the Jolly Roger,” http://chesneyonline.com/2013/01/raise-the-jolly-roger/?fb_source=pubv1 and several hundred No Shoes Nation pirate flags sold from his website – USA Today has [...]


  4. Avatar February 5th, 2013 at 11:51 am Kenny Chesney Releases ‘Pirate Flag to iTunes, Schedules Video Debut for February 7-Country Music Is Love Says:

    [...] the fans – including Chad Armel’s blog post “Raise the Jolly Roger,” and several hundred No Shoes Nation pirate flags sold from his website – USA Today has [...]


  5. Avatar February 5th, 2013 at 9:07 pm Dana M Greco Says:

    Awesome!…I pre ordered my copy of “LIFE ON A ROCK” can’t wait!….great review, thanks Chad!!


  6. Avatar March 5th, 2013 at 9:47 pm Kenny Chesney's Pirate Flag Hits Top 15 On The Charts - ChesneyOnline Says:

    [...] Billboard/Country Aircheck Country Singles charts four weeks after its release. The No Shoes Nation Jolly Rogers are flying high and flying off the shelves…literally! The first two printings of the flags [...]


  7. Avatar June 1st, 2013 at 1:20 am Blog Post By Chad Armel Featured In Kenny Chesney Press Release Says:

    [...] the fans – including Chad Armel’s blog post “Raise the Jolly Roger,”http://chesneyonline.com/2013/01/raise-the-jolly-roger/?fb_source=pubv1 and several hundred No Shoes Nation pirate flags sold from his website – USA Today has already [...]


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