Kenny Chesney, the four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year, is sending a message to his “No Shoes Nation” fans who are dealing with colder weather.
Chesney took to Twitter on Tuesday, giving his fans a glimpse of blue skies, warm waters, and sunshine. The caption includes a nod to one of his songs, “Guitars and Tiki Bars.”
Chesney, like many other country music performers, had to postpone his Chillaxification Tour because of COVID-19.
In addition, he made a decision to keep paying his 120 crew members despite not going out on the road.
“Thank God I don’t have to let anybody go this year,” he said in an interview with New York’s Country 94.7 earlier this year. “I’m not going to lie, it’s expensive. It’s affecting my life, I’m not gonna say it’s not, but I had to make a decision if I was gonna keep my lifestyle the way it was or if I’m gonna take care of my people.”
The 2020 tour was set to feature special guests Florida Georgia Line, Old Dominion, and Michael Franti & Spearhead.
Kenny Chesney Urges People To Support Small Businesses
In late November, Chesney reached out to his 2.7 million Twitter followers. His latest tweet wasn’t an announcement of a new single or music video. He was calling on his followers to shout out local small businesses. He ended the tweet by reminding his fanbase to shop small.
Chesney was born in Knoxville, Tenn., which has small towns and rural communities all around it.
Additionally, it is in one of these smaller towns where Chesney was raised. The son of an elementary school teacher and a hairdresser, Chesney grew up in Luttrell, Tenn. The town’s population barely broke 1,000 in the 2010 census.
Growing up in a small town tends to breed a sense of community. This could be why Chesney has decided to reach out to his fanbase to support small local businesses.
In a time when many artists are attaching themselves to retail giants, it seems that Chesney is taking time to remember his small-town roots.