Songs for the Saints

Songs for the Saints

by Kenny Chesney


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A boat graces the cover of Songs for the Saints, a visual that usually suggests sunny good times from Kenny Chesney. Beaches are one of his specialties, so it would follow that this 2018 album -- his first record for Warner, after departing his longtime home of Sony -- is a breezy affair. That's true to an extent: superficially, it's a relaxed, tuneful collection, one that creates and sustains a mellow mood. Still, there's a reason why this is called Songs for the Saints, and it's not related to religion. Chesney assembled the album in the wake of 2017's Hurricane Irma, a storm that devastated the Caribbean. Among its victims was a house of Chesney's in St. John. Recognizing his own loss was minor, the singer took stock of how Irma changed the lives of so many in the path of the storm, and decided to craft Songs for the Saints as something of a tribute to what these islands mean. Songs for the Saints does have an undercurrent of melancholy running through a few of its tunes, yet its tone isn't sorrowful. Chesney celebrates the very feel of island culture, drawing upon the scenery, legends, weather, and friendship that come with the sand, sun, and sea. This focus on a warm, hazy vibe separates Songs for the Saints from such introspective Chesney albums as Hemingway's Whiskey, which are studied in their sobriety. Here, he winds up finding depth within his signature mellow good times, and the result is one of Chesney's best records: it goes down smooth yet lingers in the memory long after its gone.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/27/2018
Label: Warner Nashville
UPC: 0093624905929
catalogNumber: 571532
Rank: 5911

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny Chesney   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Sam Bacco   Percussion
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Buddy Cannon   Background Vocals
Melonie Cannon   Background Vocals
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Robert Greenidge   Steel Drums
Mac McAnally   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar,Gut String Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Jon Randall   Background Vocals
Michael Rojas   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ
Derek Wells   Electric Guitar
Mark Beckett   Percussion,Drums
Wyatt Beard   Background Vocals
Ross Copperman   Background Vocals
Josh Osborne   Background Vocals
Danny Rader   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bouzouki,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Jimmy Buffett   Composer
Buddy Cannon   Producer
Kenny Chesney   Composer,Producer
Mac McAnally   Composer
David Lee Murphy   Composer
Jon Randall   Composer
F. Reid Shippen   Programming
Tony Castle   Programming,Engineer
Casey Beathard   Composer
Shane McAnally   Composer
David Huff   Programming
Ross Copperman   Composer
Shane Tarleton   Artist Development
Travis Meadows   Composer
Liz Rose   Composer
Tom Douglas   Composer
Scooter Carusoe   Composer
Josh Osborne   Composer
Mike Moore   Art Direction
Ben Schneider   Composer
John Baumann   Composer
Emilee Warner   Artist Development

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