Kenny Chesney came to Philadelphia raring to make-up for what he perceived a less than 100% performance last year
But the news – which he heard as he was dressing for the show before 48,322 fans – that 25-year old police officer Christopher Dorman, after having been shot 7-times in the leg, chest and stomach, gave him a shout out of “Kenny Chesney, don’t forget about me”— fired the East Tennessee songwriter/entertainer up to a whole other other level.
Hitting the stage just after 9 p.m., Kenny paused after “I Go Back,” a song that captures the power of songs to hold life’s special moments in amber, and said to the crowd, “I didn’t know where in the show I was going to do this… But there’s a line in this song that says, ‘When I hear, ‘Only the good die young, it still stops me in my tracks…,’ and I heard that an officer here in Philadelphia who was shot seven times last night – from his hospital bed, he made a video that said, ‘Kenny, don’t forget about me.’ Well, Christopher Dorman, we won’t forget you…”
The crowd, which had begun cheering as they realized what Chesney was talking about, roared when he invoked the policeman’s name. For them, the story was personal – and the fact that Chesney knew – and lifted this moment to honor the police officer prompted an insane response. If the internet blew up at what seemed to be his comment suggesting the officer had passed, he finished the song he was singing, the plaintive “Anything But Mine,” about yearning for a summer love past, and offered, “Christopher Dorman, wherever you are, this is for you…”
“I was so caught up in the moment,” Chesney said after the full-tilt set, “I think the emotions got the best of me – and I wasn’t as clear as I could’ve been. The idea that a hero like that, with seven bullets in him, would even think about me… I heard about it right before I hit the stage, and it stopped me in my tracks. Someone whose life was on the line, and after all that bravery? As anyone in the stadium knows, I kept pausing, trying to collect my thoughts.
“Philadelphia has always been one of those places where the fans are loud, the tailgating is crazy and me and the band have the time of our lives every year,” continued the superstar next door. “And when I heard the cheer they sent up when I sent our best to Officer Dorman, man, everything I’ve ever thought about the people of Philadelphia was confirmed.”
Following his set closing “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” the audience erupted in spontaneous cheers of “KEN-EEEEEE! Ken-EEEEEE!” over and over – and a triumphant Chesney returned to the stage for a raucous “Don’t Happen Twice,” the drums thundering and the audience throwing their arms from side to side as they sang almost louder than the band onstage.
For the city, who’d been listening to the man from Tennessee, promise he had been thinking about then all winter, it was a moment of total connection – and earsplitting screams.
“There are moments that it feels so damn good to be alive,” Chesney said, “Tonight in Philadelphia was absolutely one of them. To honor a policeman who survived something so horrific, to be rocked so hard by all those people, to see a city so alive, that’s everything about why we do this! To Philadelphia, you have a lot of heart – and it was an honor to rock with you tonight and honor one of your own!”
– Posted by TawnyTucker CMTT
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Last month, Hunt received her third American Songwriting Award for her holiday offering, “The Greatest Christmas Gift.” She co-wrote the tune with her husband Steve, who also won American Songwriting Awards for two songs Luanne has recorded, including her AirplayExpress No. 1 hit, “Texas Tears.”
Steve also earned an American Songwriting Award for his poignant tune, “Not A Day Goes By,” which is featured on Hunt’s CD “Songs from the Valley.”
“This has been an incredible year for our music,” said Hunt, who also earned American Songwriting Awards for her holiday singles “The Hosts of Christmas Past” and “If Christmas Were Mine.” It’s been a long journey with lots of ups and downs, so having our songs recognized with these prestigious awards feels really wonderful.
Hunt is perhaps best known for her chart-topping single, “Christmas Without You,” which was recently named by Sweden’s largest daily newspaper, Dagens Nyheter, one of the top 25 Christmas songs of all-time. “Christmas Without You” also landed on two “Best of 2015 Female Country Holiday Songs” lists in the major online U.S. publications, Autostraddle and Truckers News.
“Being on these lists with so many A-listers felt like a real accomplishment,” said Hunt, whose studio musicians have backed everyone from the Righteous Brothers to Kenny Loggins. “It’s a huge challenge to find success in the ‘big leagues’ as an Indie artist, so these honors were quite a validation for all the work I’ve put into my craft.”
Over the years, Hunt’s songs have been played on AM, FM, satellite and Internet stations around the world, including Pandora radio.
Her “Songs from the Valley” project was recently named “Classic Country CD of the Year 2016” by the Rural Roots Music Commission.
“One listen to Luanne Hunt and you will not be able to take Carrie Underwood or Taylor Swift seriously anymore,” said Buddy Nelson of Jamsphere Magazine.
“She’s exactly what country radio needs to not only continuously appeal to their current audience, but to break the stereotypes and appeal to new audiences.”
– WHISNews21 2016
My 7:OO am train from Carmel to New York City was quiet as riders followed the etiquette of the morning compute on talking on cell phone or to others catching up on sleep. Grand Central Terminal was bustling with the people crisscrossing the station floor on the way to their destinations. I headed south on Madison Avenue, walking eight city blocks to the Guideposts editorial office.
I was just a few steps away from the building when my cell phone rang. “Honey I was in a car accident,” my wife said. The city became silent and came to a standstill . I could feel my heart beating. I took a deep breath and asked, “Are you okay?”‘ “I’m fine ,” Elba said. “I’m just a bit shaken up.” I could feel the tension in my muscles relax. She explained that on her way back home after dropping me off at the train station, the driver of a van lost control on the slippery road, crossed into her lane and slammed into the car. “She’s ok too,” Elba said.
Earlier in our marriage, when I was young and foolish and in a similar situation, the first words out of my mouth were, “How was the car” This time I knew better.That evening at home Elba said, “Thanks, “Thank you for asking me how I was doing when I called you. It meant a lot that you though of me first.” This time around, I got it right.
Lord make sure that my love ones are always first in my heart—Pablow Diaz