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Where Are They Now Wednesday: Dwight Yoakam & Kenny Chesney...

Posted July 16th, 2014 @ 2:34pm

Dwight Yoakam has joined the Warner Bros. Records/Reprise roster.
The singer, songwriter, entertainer and actor released a cover of the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic “Who’ll Stop The Rain” on Monday (July 14).
The track will be included on an upcoming project to be released later this year, which will mark Yoakam’s first album of original music since 2012′s “3 Pears” (Warner Bros. Records).
He made his first appearance on the small screen on July 14 in a multi-episode arc on CBS’ Under The Dome, portraying barbershop owner Lyle Chumley.
He performed an a cappella verse of “Who’ll Stop The Rain” in the episode.
When he is not in the studio working on the new project, Yoakam will be on the road, joining the North American leg of Eric Church‘s The Outsiders World Tour, which launches September 11 in Bossier City, La., and visits 32 arenas across the U.S. and Canada through December.

- picture courtesy of Slaven Vlasic WireImage

Pensacola, FL: With “American Kids” taking the country charts by storm, Kenny Chesney’s itch to bring the No Shoes Nation together didn’t take long. But in keeping with his always “embrace life, make it happen” attitude, Chesney wasn’t looking to just show up and play, he wanted to make it the kind of day that his fans really know how to celebrate, to turn into a memory that’s going to last for months to come.

After a quick site scout and a bunch of phone calls, the 4-time Country Music Association and 4 consecutive Academy of Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year settled on a spot along the Gulf Coast where Alabama meets Florida, and entire worlds come together: the Flora-Bama.

“I’ve been holed up making a record for the last year... and anyone who knows me knows how much I miss playing, miss the fans, but especially miss the culture the people who love this music bring with them,” Chesney says. “Obviously, this isn’t going to be one of those huge shows we do, but it’s gonna be a long day, a whole lotta music and even more fun.

“To me, a place like the Flora-Bama is all about kicking back, being with your friends and not worrying about a thing... Just hang out and be easy. I love that it’s on a border, that it’s on a beach, that it’s like the best bar anywhere people get together and just be! It’s everything the notion of The Big Revival is built on: taking that time to regroup, replenish then re-engage with the passion of being truly, absolutely alive.”

Located where Orange Beach and Gulf Shores meet Perdido Key, literally on the Alabama/Florida border, the bar with a beach was established in 1964 and has been a gathering place for surfers, sports fans, beach people, blue collars, rednecks, good ole boys’n’girls, locals, tourists ever since. Celebrated by The New Yorker, Maxim, John Grisham, Men’s Journal, USA Today, Bon Appetit, Playboy, Outside, The Boston Globe and Delta Sky, the Lounge/Package Store/Yacht Club is a one of a kind for laidback revelry and people coming together.

 “This all started with ‘American Kids’ for me,” Chesney explains. “The idea how passionate my fans are, the way they come together and how much they love life, they love music and they celebrate every moment. I miss getting out there and playing, and I figured this is a way to combine everything they love in one place... Capture the essence of that freewheeling, seize the moment notion of the song, the album and the Nation.”

Details for the August 16 show -- including how to get wristbands for access to the enclosed beach area – will be available, along with a clip from Kenny, at 7 a.m. on Thursday (7/17) at

Get ready, it’s gonna rock.

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