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Watch Kenny Chesney live today on YouTube

By Sarah Bardeen

Music Community Manager

He may give you the impression he’s a beach bum with “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem” on constant repeat in his truck, but country music star Kenny Chesney is actually one of the hardest-working men in show business. With 15 albums under his belt and a swath of awards so wide they’d span the Mississippi, this Tennessee boy has become one of country music’s most recognizable stars.

Today at 5:30pm PT you’ll get a chance to see just how hard working Chesney is when he electrifies New Jersey’s Wildwood Beach with a live American Express UNSTAGED performance, directed by Jonathan Demme and presented in partnership with YouTube and VEVO. Tune into to watch; the show will last for 75 minutes, followed by an immediate rebroadcast.

Kenny Chesney is a true self-made talent in an era when many stars are often heavily coached and crafted. He started playing music in college, and though he graduated with a degree in advertising, he immediately moved to Nashville to start plying his trade. He landed a weekly gig there, honing his skills in the small bar scene, and over time he began to attract label attention. Studio execs were impressed with a singer-songwriter who’d developed his considerable skills outside the Music City circuit, and within a few years Chesney was commanding the charts with songs like “She’s Got It All” and “You Had Me From Hello.”

If director Jonathan Demme seems an unlikely choice to direct a Kenny Chesney concert, he is -- and he’s not. The director best known for his Academy Award-winning work on Silence of the Lambs hasn’t just dabbled in music: he directed The Talking Heads’ seminal 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense, as well as the 2006 Neil Young concert film Heart of Gold. He’s even directed music videos for New Order and Bruce Springsteen, among others.

If you miss today's live show, don't worry: the show will be rebroadcast on Chesney’s channel immediately following the webcast.