By Stephen L. Betts
Filed under: Country NewsKenny Chesney
, whose previous collaborators include Grace Potter
("You & Tequila"), George Strait
("Shiftwork") and Uncle Kracker
("When the Sun Goes Down"), is calling on his friends again. The country superstar will feature two musical icons, Willie Nelson
and the Wailers Band
, on his upcoming album, Life on a Rock
, set for release April 30.
"The spirit of this record is so much about friendship," Kenny explains. "A lot of these songs were inspired by the people I've met, the lives we've shared and the way they inspired me. It felt kind of odd to not have some of the musical people who've inspired me be a part of this record. So, I reached out to Willie -- because who is more inspiring? Any chance you have to be around him, take it. You will be more for the time you share. He sang on 'Lucky Old Sun' with me, and Buddy Cannon and I got to produce his Moment of Forever
[album], which is one of the things I'm proudest of in my career. I wanted to do something different with him this time."