Country Throwback: Watch Kenny Chesney Perform ‘Back in My Arms Again’ and ‘Me and You’ in 1996

by Jacklyn Krol
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Taking it back to simpler times when concerts could take place, like when Kenny Chesney headlined a 1996 festival.

The Performance from Kenny Chesney

The country hitmaker performed a concert at the All-Star Country Fest 24 years ago. A YouTube user shared a video from the event that included performances of “Back In My Arms Again” and “Me and You.” The video shows a younger Chesney with his signature cowboy hat swarmed by a sea of thousands of fans. The 90s country fashion is in full swing with Chesney wearing the memorable 80s-90s throwback jeans that everyone has in their closet.

During the 90s, Chesney was a household name and performing countless concerts year-round. His career officially kicked off in 1994 with the release of his debut album, “In My Wildest Dreams.” It’s hard to fathom that just two years after his record’s release that he managed to perform for a crowd of that magnitude.

His passion began when he fell in love with the guitar. “I wrote my first song three months after I picked up my [first] guitar,” he said in a 1995 interview. “Moved to Nashville in January of ’91, with this big dream of becoming a country music superstar.”

Watch the show, below.

All About the Songs

Firstly, “Me and You” was written by Skip Ewing and Ray Herndon. It was featured on his debut record along with his third album of the same name. Additionally, it reached No. 2 on the US Country Singles chart in 1996 behind Clint Black’s “Like the Rain.” The song praises his significant other and tells the story of their relationship.

Finally, “Back In My Arms” was recorded on his third studio album and marked the record’s first single. Unfortunately, it did not reach the Top 40 on country radio. The song narrates Chesney’s need for his love and realizing what he has at the moment instead of looking back at the love lost.

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