In a world where everyone wants to rock, Kenny Chesney is literally turning his No Shoes Radio channel on SiriusXM over to his eclectic mix of friends. As of November 2, the Poets & Pirates DJ Sessions has been featuring the many voices of the East Tennessean’s vast group of rockers, actors, athletes, songwriters, and surprises on Channel 57 and On Demand via the SiriusXM app.
“Music is the most common language of all,” Chesney explains. “When you want to know someone, ask them what they’re listening to. Beyond what they do, what they’re wearing, where they hang out or grew up, the music that connects with them tells you everything.”With a guest list that includes Ziggy Marley, John C. McGinley, Brett Favre, Eric Church, Jenny McCarthy, Grace Potter, and Rick Sutcliffe, Poets & Pirates DJ Sessions are a freewheeling hour of classics, obscure favorites, and yes, a little Kenny Chesney. Kicking off with Eli and Peyton Manning, the fast-paced hour runs the gauntlet of their longstanding friendship via a KC exclusive music set that’s steeped in memories. Listen to preview clips from Eli and Peyton’s episode below.
Just like hanging on the bus, there are stories a-plenty about the songs, the places they take the iconic football superstar/siblings, and how these songs enrich their lives. Whether it’s Peyton unearthing “Whatever It Takes” from the United Way-benefit NFL Country CD that became a duet of the first song Chesney ever heard himself sing on radio, Eli talking about the lasting resonance of “Boys of Fall” throughout his college career, or Peyton revisiting “Me & You,” the song Chesney sang at his wedding reception, these are the tales no one hears.
“The Mannings have been in my life since I was on Capricorn Records and Peyton was playing for UT. He came onstage when we played Neyland Stadium, sang ‘Back Where I Come From’ with us… and Peyton and Eli just know what all these songs are about. So, to kick off something so personal and, honestly, so much fun, who better to start with than my old friends?”
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