Kenny Chesney on Performing at ‘East Tennessee Brother’ Dean Dillon’s Hall of Fame Induction: ‘Was an Honor’

by Samantha Whidden
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Following his appearance at Dean Dillon’s Hall of Fame induction, country superstar Kenny Chesney took to his social media accounts to share details about the performance.

In the post, Kenny Chesney declared, “Was an honor to sing for my East Tennessee brother Dean Dillon at his Hall Of Fame induction. Love you Dean!!”

As previously reported, the Country Music Hall of Fame inducted its Class of 2020 on Sunday (November 21st). Along with Dillon, Marty Stuart, and Hank Williams Jr. received the high west honor from country music. Dillon became 140th, Stuart is 141st, and Williams Jr. is 142nd. 

Dillon is known for his songwriting skills. The country star wrote Tennessee Whiskey. The long-time country musician also wrote Kenny Chesney’s single A Lot of Things Different. 

Speaking about the induction, Country Music Association CEO, Sarah Trahern, stated, “Tonight is homecoming. A comforting return to something we’ve all missed so much. The celebration of the circle, intact and complete.”

Trahern spoke about Dillon, Stuart, and Williams Jr. by declaring all three are extraordinary, pivotal figures in country music. “Members of Hall of Fame wait a lifetime for this distinction. This class of honorees had to wait even longer as we rode out the worst of the pandemic.”

Along with Kenny Chesney, others who performed at the 2020 Hall of Fame induction were Alan Jackson, George Strait, and Eric Church.

Kenny Chesney Reveals Who He Credits For His Records 

During an interview on Today’s Country Radio earlier this year, Kenny Chesney spoke about what outside songs inspire his albums. “Whether I wrote it or someone else wrote it, or someone brand new sent it to me or gave it to me if it was great then it had a chance to make my record.”

While opening up about the beginning of his career, Kenny Chesney spoke about his adventures after graduating from East Tennessee State.

“I was running toward a dream. I was running toward the unknown. The uncertainty of what I was doing. All of a sudden I was writing with songwriters every day and walking down the hallway every day with a lot of these writers that truly influenced my life.”

The country singer also spoke about working with Dean Dillon as well as Whitey Shafer and Skip Ewing. “I was really green in the business. But I had to grow up really quickly. When you’re sitting in the room with those guys, you know?” Chesney explained. He also said it was a huge learning experience for him.

“You know, those guys are still great friends of mine today,” Chesney continued. “And it was such an unbelievable way to enter into the music business.”

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