The 20th album from Kenny Chesney is set for release Tuesday, the 30th — and it's going to benefit St. John! The 45-year-old star will donate a portion of the sure-to-be-blockbuster sales to the Virgin Islands National Park.
It was 15 years ago that Chesney 'discovered' the island. He's been a regular visitor and homeowner ever since.
"As the world becomes more developed, protecting these wild places is going to become harder – and the cost of maintaining them needs to be covered," Chesney explains. "It's easy to forget, or not understand when it's a line item on a piece of paper. But if you've ever seen the trees, the oceans from a ridge, the way it all tangles together, you realize how important making sure lands like this exist for the people who come after us is.
"For me, Life on a Rock comes from this place, so I want to give something back, so it's there for others. Let them find the peace and the awe that I did for so many years. And I like that the music can be connected with protecting something so important.
The first track released from the CD, Life a Rock, is Pirate Flag. You can see it here. The video sure looks like it's got shots of St. John, Florida, too. There's also an old blue chair on a beach. 🙂
The Inquiring Iguana senses that Chesney's making a head-on run at the audience of the original pirate, the aging Jimmy Buffett.