Country music superstar Kenny Chesney’s twelfth release, Hemingway’s Whiskey, gave him his sixth album to reach No. 1. The singer celebrated such victory exactly eight years ago today. So, what brought the album to the top of the chart? There are several things.

First, it spawned five charting singles, four of them went to No. 1. These are “The Boys of Fall,” Somewhere with You,” “Reality,” and “Live a Little.” The non-chart-topper “You and Tequila” settled at No. 3. Moreover, its sales reached to an estimated number of 183,000 copies on its first week upon release. Eventually, it became a platinum-certified record. Lastly, several music critics praised the album. These are crystal-clear indications of the record’s strong appeal to the audience.

The Album: Hemingway’s Whiskey

The album comprising of eleven tracks, Hemingway’s Whiskey was released on September 28, 2010. In an interview, Chesney shared some details of his twelfth studio album. First, he mentioned that it was influenced by Guy Clark’s album that was just out.

“It’s a song that talks about living life to its fullest, being a man about your responsibilities and not compromising. As soon as I heard it, I knew I had to cut it — and call the album that — because it says everything about the way you live your life, and what life can be if you refuse to buy into limits, which, as someone who’s read all his books, is everything Hemingway’s novels revolved around.”

Listen to the inspiration of the album, “Hemingway’s Whiskey” by Guy Clark.

After releasing several records, most of them were islands-inspired, Chesney wanted to do something more on his next album. He believed that it would take a considerable amount of time, energy, and effort to achieve such. He further stated that his new album would be setting the stage for his music’s succeeding stage. Accordingly, he focused his attention on other projects such as the silver screen concert movie, Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D. Also, the singer minimized his stadium tours to give time to the football documentary “Boys of Fall.” Chesney claims,

“I knew I wanted the record to be something more, something that took what I do in my special projects and weaved it into what I do for the mainstream.” 

Watch Kenny Chesney performing his album’s title track “Hemingway’s Whiskey” below.

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