Kenny Chesney has had a quiet last couple of years. Last year he only released two singles (“Out Last Night” and “I’m Alive”) which failed to reach number one. He’s taking this year off of touring and as a result hasn’t won a CMA or ACM award since 2008. Now with his latest studio album, Hemingway’s Whiskey, set for a September release, Chesney hopes to make a big comeback splash with the album’s lead single, “The Boys of Fall.” Can the song help propel Chesney back to the top of the charts?
Kenny Chesney has delivered plenty of nostalgic songs throughout his career including “I Go Back” and his recent single, “Ain’t Back Yet.” On “The Boys of Fall,” which was written by Casey Beathard and Dave Turnbull, Chesney recalls his days of playing on the high school football team.
Rather than just singing a song about touchdowns and field goals, this song takes a different perspective when talking about the game of football. The lyrics of the song deal with how the members of the team were put on a pedestal throughout high school even calling them “kings of the school” and telling how the young females would dream of them. What I like about this song is how relatable it is. Even if a person wasn’t on the football team, the song forces you to remember the guys that were and how they were treated on the school campus. This could be one of the best written songs Kenny has sung in the past few years.
Along with the well-crafted lyrics, the production is also a nice breath of fresh air from Kenny. He’s once again ditched the island-flavored country production in favor of a more toned down production that is filled with a soft guitar line along with a few piano lines thrown into the background. Once the chorus hits, the production escalates but the focus is always on Chesney’s vocal performance, which has to be one of his finest. On past songs, Kenny fails to connect to the song and as a result doesn’t sound believable. However, he nails the connection and believability on this song and as a result it allows the song to come to life and meet its potential.
This is, in my opinion, one of Kenny Chesney’s finest moments in recent years and if he can continue to deliver songs like this and avoid his “beach-y” country productions, then I think he can finally reach his true artistic potential that he’s failed to show thus far in his career. With the song making a debut at number 17 this week, it’s hard to imagine this one not reaching number one.