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You review: Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney brought his No Shoes Nation tour to the Save Mart Center last night. Country shows always do well in Fresno and Chesney is arguably country music’s biggest star. The Wall Street Journal dubbed Chesney the king of the road, a nod to the old country song and the fact that his shows draw crowds. Big time. He’s already sold more than a million tickets on this tour.

So, members of the No Shoes Nation, what did you think? Did Chesney deliver the goods?  How does he stack up with other country notables you’ve seen? How was the turnout? What about the openers, Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves? Be sure to check out The Bee’s picture gallery from the show.

Concert News: Kenny Chesney back in Fresno this summer

UPDATE: Save Mart Center just confirmed this. Tickets go on sale Feb. 8. Ticket prices still to come.

ORIGINAL POST: For all the star country singers who come to Fresno, one we don’t see too often is Kenny Chesney. He was last here in 2005.

Well, that’s changing. Today, Chesney announced a batch of new tour dates for 2013 and Fresno was on the list. He’ll be at Save Mart Center on July 24, according to his announcement.

The date hasn’t yet been confirmed by Save Mart Center. There are no ticketing details either. But we’ll update when all that stuff rolls in. Chesney’s announcement did say that Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves would open.

On TV tonight: ’2011 CMT Artists of the Year’

Fashion Taylor Swift.JPG “2011 CMT Artists of the Year,” 9 p.m. CMT: Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift are honored for their successes over the past year.

The broadcast is a mix of music and tributes. Along with performances by Gavin DeGraw, The All-American Rejects, Joe Walsh and The Avett Brothers are touching and funny moments shared by Sara Evans, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, Lionel Richie and William Shatner.

Matthew McConaughey, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Gordon appear in taped messages to congratulate the honorees on their big night

This is a nice salute to some talented people. The strangest thing about this 90-minute special is that it is hosted by Rob Lowe. He’s not the first name I think of when it comes to country music.

Chowchilla’s Shaun Silva cleans up at the CMT Awards

Here’s another “Local Boy Done Good” story: Chowchilla native Shaun Silva took the director of the year honors at Wednesday night’s CMT Music Awards, which celebrates the best videos in country music.

Silva’s body of work had already made him one of country music’s premiere directors (he’s done videos for the likes of Rascal Flatts and Kenny Chesney), but this award cements that. It’s his first win for this fan-voted award, though he’d been nominated previously, and his videos have won plenty of past CMT Awards.

His 2009 credits include: “Indian Summer” by Brooks & Dunn; “Out Last Night Out” and “I’m Alive” by Kenny Chesney; “Rain is a Good Thing” and “Do I” by Luke Bryan; “Here Comes Goodbye” and “Summer Nights” by Rascal Flatts; “Living For The Night” by George Strait; “Nightswimming/Joey” and “Keep You” by Sugarland. Outside of the country genre, he also did 3 Doors Down’s “Let Me Be Myself,”.

Here’s “Indian Summer,” which won duo video of the year as well, and was partially shot in Chowchilla: