Nashville, TN (Vocus) February 18, 2010
Superstar Kenny Chesney returns to CMT CROSSROADS to share the stage with one of his musical influences, rock icon Steve Miller, in the latest episode of the hit CMT series. CMT CROSSROADS: THE STEVE MILLER BAND and KENNY CHESNEY will tape before an invitation only audience in Nashville next month and will premiere later this year on CMT.
Longtime friends, Miller and Chesney have shared the stage in front of thousands during summer concerts, performing classic Miller hits. Now, the two will perform each other’s songs and swap stories for what will be another landmark episode of CMT Crossroads. Chesney is making his second appearance on the series, his first premiered in October 2003 with John Mellencamp.
With songs such as ''Rockin' Me,'' ''Jet Airliner,'' ''The Joker,'' ''Fly Like An Eagle,'' ''Livin' in the USA,'' ''Take the Money and Run'' and ''Abracadabra'' blues/rock singer-songwriter-guitarist Steve Miller is one of the cornerstones of classic rock. Born in Milwaukee, WI, Miller grew up in a home frequented by musicians such as Charles Mingus, Les Paul and T-Bone Walker and formed his first band at age 12 with friend Boz Scaggs. After stints in Madison, WI and Chicago, IL blues bands, he moved to San Francisco and The Steve Miller Band (known initially as the Steve Miller Blues Band) emerged from San Francisco’s summer of love with a sound that was distinctively different from its peers. With his 1973 No. 1 hit, ''The Joker,'' Miller moved into a different category and by the time he had released his multi-million-selling albums Fly Like an Eagle and Book of Dreams within a year of each other, Miller was playing to sold out crowds at football stadiums and universally recognized as one of the great names in the golden era of rock. Over 40 years later, the band has sold over 25 million records and is still a mainstay of the summer concert season. Miller’s album tracks have been used in movie soundtracks and commercials all over the world and his greatest hits album is one of the best-selling records of all time.
Kenny Chesney rolled out of Luttrell, Tennessee with some dreams and a few songs in a banged-up pick-up truck and spent a few years paying his dues on the way to becoming a 4-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year and a 4-consecutive Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year. Having sold 26 million records and scoring 19 #1s -- including ''When The Sun Goes Down,'' ''Summertime,'' ''Beer in Mexico,'' ''Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven'' and the ACM Single of the Year ''The Good Stuff'' -- Chesney's music has become the soundtrack to coming of age in America. With his sold out tours -- that often include 12-to-15 NFL stadiums each summer as well as a handful of college bars that serve as his ad hoc Keg In The Closet tours -- the man who’s won the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for ''When The Sun Goes Down'' is a high-energy performer whose last tour puts him in the rarified company of the Rolling Stones, U2 and the Dave Matthews Band as it serves as the focal point for ''Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3-D,'' arriving in 3-D movie theatres nationwide April 21.
CMT CROSSROADS is produced by Tom Forrest and Kathryn Russ. John Hamlin, Margaret Comeaux and Bill Flanagan serve as executive producers for CMT.
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