Hey, you never know in this day and age of record labels dropping their artists like hot potatoes.
On Monday, it was announced that not only would Kenny Chesney be extending his record deal with Sony Music Nashville, he'd also be getting his very own record label imprint -- Blue Chair Records. All of Kenny's future recordings will be released under this label, including his upcoming Welcome to the Fishbowl.
"We are very happy to be renewing our worldwide partnership with Kenny Chesney," said Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris in a statement. "He is a tremendous superstar with a unique creative vision and we look forward to sharing continued success with him in the years ahead."
Kenny, for his part, says he's excited for his new role as record label boss.
"I moved to Nashville to be a songwriter, so to have my own label imprint feels like beyond a dream come true," said Chesney in the statement. "[New album] Welcome to the Fishbowl is the most honest and authentic album I've ever recorded, and I'm thrilled to be able to release it on my own Blue Chair Records. It's the start of a great new chapter for me as an artist."
The funny thing about all this is if you do a quick Google search for "Blue Chair Records," the name is already taken, has a website and everything....and it's not Kenny's picture that appears on the website.
Here's what the one and only page on the site says:
Journeyman musician Tim Hensley has served extended stints with Ricky Skaggs, Patty Loveless and Kenny Chesney soaking up each individual artists essence on his way to making LONG MONDAY, a debut album that merges vintage bluegrass with classic American songwriters and acoustic songs of life. With guest appearances from Vince Gill, Sonya Isaacs and Loveless and songs from John Prine, Rodney Crowell, Carl Jackson and Larry Cordle, John Scott Sherrill, Tim Stafford and Ronnie Bowman, and Hensley himself, this is a first record that sums up a lifetime of living inside the music.
Yeah, I'm sure Sony's legal department is right on it with a huge check in hand, but it's still funny to me when someone chooses a name that's already associated with someone else.