Kenny Chesney Hits ESPN-2/Radio's Mike + Mike April 7
With Their RULES FOR SPORTS + LIFE Hitting Stores, Chesney Makes A Call
Bristol, CT: Kenny Chesney's taken batting practice with the Boston Red Sox, been drafted - and cut - by the New Orleans Saints, but by far his most full-contact sports activity is getting in the trenches with ESPN Radio/ESPN-2's “Mike and Mike in the Morning,” the freewheeling talk show helmed by a noted sportswriter (Mike Greenberg) and a former Notre Dame/Houston Oiler-Miami Dolphin-Philadelphia Eagle defensive lineman (Mike Golick). As the no-holds-barred, no out-of-bounds team releases Mike and Mike's Rules for Sports & Life April 6, Chesney figured it was about time to check in with the two guys he's not seen since the Superbowl.
“Mike and Mike keep it so real,” Chesney says of the duo. “They have the most unique take: one of not just an ultimate fan, but as a journalist, he's got that analytic thing down - and the other, having been on the field, on the bench and in the practices and meetings, he knows what the pressures are like when you're making it happen. So. they really put you inside what's going on.”
Chesney's interest in the book is a little more than enjoying the read. The 4-consecutive Academy of Country Music and 4-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year was tapped by Mike and Mike to write the preface for Rules for Sports & Life, a task which matched him with noted columnist George Will. For the lifetime sports fan, it not only got Chesney out of his wheelhouse, it gave him a different take on what goes into telling the story.
“When they asked me, I thought it'd be fun,” Chesney offers. “But I took it - like everything I do - serious, and it's a lot more work than you'd guess. I can say, though., I got to read their book last year laugh at their anecdotes, see their camaraderie on the page and take away some funny stories and some decent life lessons. Anyone who's a fan of the show is gonna love it - ifthey can get past the preface.”
The high energy singer/songwriter from East Tennessee has spent the last several months outside his comfort zone. After announcing he would not stage one of his massive summer tours - that for the last 8 years have played to over a million fans each year, including over a dozen major NFL stadiums each tour - Chesney's been working on his Sony Pictures the Hot Ticket release “Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D,” which opens in the theatres nationwide April 21 for a limited engagement. Shot from the Goodyear blimp, the Sand Bar, onstage, backstage and every other imaginable angle, the maximum intensity motion picture offers a full-spectrum take on his concert experience as well as providing a glimpse - through voiceovers with archival footage, pictures and behind the sceens moments - that shows Chesney as he's never been seen before.
With 4 Academy of Country Music Award nominations - for Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Vocal Event with Dave Matthews for “I'm Alive” and producer on the CBS April 18th live telecast- and an major sitdown on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on April 9, Chesney will be plenty of places. But the one stop the confirmed sports addict had to make was April 7 with ESPN's “Mike and Mike in the Morning” where anything can - and often does - happen.