Kenny Chesney Likes To Hear Songs ‘Raw’
Kenny Chesney released a new song to country radio in November called “Take Her Home.” It is not a song he wrote, but he and his fans can relate to it just the same.
When Kenny records a song that was written by someone else, he prefers to hear the tracks brought to him in stripped down form. That way, he can fully envision how he would produce it to make it his own.
Chesney told us, “I think I first connect with the song in its rawest form. Now, I love to hear demos of songs produced, but when it’s in its rawest form, it is the perfect way for me because I can envision how I would do it, and then I go, ‘How is this going to connect with a lot of people?’ I mean, the masses, and that’s what I think about when I go into the studio.”
He added, “It’s what I thought about when I was recording ‘Take Her Home.’ I felt like I didn’t want to lose a lyric, but I wanted to give it enough energy where it would fit anywhere in my show. So, that’s the whole thought process in connecting with the song. I truly connect with it in its rawest form.”
Kenny said of the new song, “When I heard ‘Take Her Home,’ I just laughed. It was everything life is made of in less than four minutes. It’s true, honest, and all the stuff that’s easy to forget. All those details and little moments? The deep-cut Cheap Trick, the black-and-pink suitcase in the back of the truck, a 7-pound, 5-ounce baby? That’s what makes these kinds of life changes what they are. And it’s funny: no matter what stage you’re in, you really are always scared. That’s how you know it’s gonna be worth it.”
He added, “It’s amazing how simple figuring life out can be. I look around and see people in every state of this song every day. It’s part of the miracle of being alive. Even when it’s not happening to you, it’s happening to someone you love – whether your friend, a brother or sister, co-worker – and that feeling comes right back. I can’t wait to hear people singing this one back to us because it’s going to be one of those moments. I just know.”