Kenny Chesney 2013 Tour Plans, Tim McGraw on ‘Cake Boss’ + More: Country News Roundup

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Kenny Chesney 2013

The Boot rounds up today’s country music news from around the web.

Kenny Chesney‘s No Shoes Nation tour is still a few weeks away but he’s steeped in preparations to make it an unforgettable experience for concertgoers. On Feb. 13, the country superstar and his band begin tour rehearsals. “I used to say we’re like a baseball team: six months on, six months off,” Kenny says. “But the truth is, what we do to create what people see from a show this size out there on the road really does take a lot of work, a lot of thought and a lot of practice. And the great thing about my crew is, they get as much a charge seeing the fans respond to what goes into all this work as the band and I do when we’re on stage.” Expect a greater video presence at this year’s shows, which kick off March 16 in Tampa Bay, Fla. Kenny’s latest video, “Pirate Flag,” made its premiere right here on The Boot. (Watch below.) His album, Life on a Rock, will be out April 30. [GAC]

Grammy-nominated Hunter Hayes has joined the lineup for this summer’s Country Thunder, set for July 18-21, in Twin Lakes, Wis. Previously-announced performers for the hugely popular outdoor festival include Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Jake Owen and more. [Country Thunder]

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