“Nothing gets us as in the mood to go out and play music like coming down to the Florida Keys."

By Radio.com Staff

Kenny Chesney surprised fans last night with a pop up show at Sloppy Joe’s in Key West.

The surprise set included appearances from Eric Church and Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey.

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“We’ve been off, and we’re getting to know each other again,” said Chesney. “Nothing gets us as in the mood to go out and play music for you all summer long quite like coming down to the Florida Keys and doing this show: old songs, new songs, we may even make up some songs before the night is over.”

The set included numerous covers including the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me,” Willie Nelson’s “Whiskey River,” the Eagles’ “Take It Easy.”

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“There is nothing after several months off,” Chesney said after the show. “Like coming together, hitting a bar and just playing ’til we wanna drop, to remember every single thing you love about music: how it feels, what it means, the way it charges people up. There is no feeling like it, and to do it with friends, fans and the No Shoes Nation, well, it tells me it’s time to get out there and start rocking America.”

NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. was on hand and tweeted his approval. “So @kennychesney foots the bill to play a show in Key West @ Sloppy Joes. He brings on @ericchurch for several songs. Happy Easter everyone.”

Chesney’s Spread the Love Tour kicks off on April 23rd and plays Heinz Field on July 2nd with Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt and Old Dominion.


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