The Big Revival

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The Big Revival
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 23, 2014 (2014-09-23)
Kenny Chesney chronology
Life on a Rock
The Big Revival
Cosmic Hallelujah
Singles from The Big Revival
  1. "American Kids"
    Released: June 20, 2014
  2. "Til It's Gone"
    Released: October 13, 2014
  3. "Wild Child"
    Released: February 2, 2015
  4. "Save It for a Rainy Day"
    Released: June 29, 2015

The Big Revival is the sixteenth studio album by American country music artist Kenny Chesney. It was released in September 2014 via Blue Chair and Columbia Records on September 23, 2014.[1]


Chesney produced the album with Buddy Cannon, who has produced his other albums starting in 1997 with I Will Stand.

The album produced four singles — "American Kids", "Til It's Gone", "Wild Child", and "Save It for a Rainy Day", all of which reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart.

The album's title track was previously recorded by John Anderson on his 2001 album Nobody's Got It All, and later by Montgomery Gentry on their 2008 album Back When I Knew It All.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Billboard3.5/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[5]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine saying for AllMusic, how "Chesney overhauls his core strengths, winding up with his best record in years."[2] Writing for Rolling Stone, Nick Murray reveals Chesney "continuously brings a sense of musical energy and emotional urgency his previous easygoing albums have sometimes lacked."[5] On behalf of Billboard, Melinda Newman foresees how "The Big Revival serves his faithful flock a generous helping of country salvation with all the breeziness of a long holiday weekend."[3] Glenn Gamboa for Newsday proclaims the album to be "a big-tent collection of future hits that celebrates regular folks who stand up for each other."[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

The Big Revival debuted at number one on the US Billboard Top Country Albums chart, becoming Chesney's 13th album to do so, selling 130,000 copies in the United States during its first week.[6] It is also Chesney's 10th consecutive studio album to peak in the Top 3 on the US Billboard 200 chart, debuting at number 2. As of May 2016, the album has sold 447,000 copies in the United States.[7] On February 13, 2017, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over 500,000 copies in the United States.[8]

In Canada, the album debuted at number six on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling 4,700 copies in its first week.[9]

Track listing[edit]

1."The Big Revival"Dennis Linde3:11
2."Drink It Up"2:47
3."Til It's Gone"
4."American Kids"3:02
5."Wild Child" (duet with Grace Potter)
6."Beer Can Chicken"
7."Rock Bottom"
8."Don't It"
9."Save It for a Rainy Day"
  • Chesney
  • Copperman
  • Murphy
11."If This Bus Could Talk"4:52
Total length:38:29




Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country US Country Airplay US CAN Country CAN
2014 "American Kids" 2 1 23 1 27
"Til It's Gone" 8 1 60 1 75
2015 "Wild Child" 9 1 56 3 69
"Save It for a Rainy Day" 4 1 54 1 61


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[19] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Howell, Coti (June 30, 2014). "Kenny Chesney Announces 'The Big Revival' Album Details". Taste of Country. Retrieved July 31, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (September 23, 2014). "The Big Revival - Kenny Chesney". AllMusic. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Newman, Melinda (September 23, 2014). "Album Review: Kenny Chesney Mixes Country Salvation With a Good Time on 'The Big Revival'". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Gamboa, Glenn (September 23, 2014). "Kenny Chesney's 'The Big Revival' review: Big sound, big hits". Newday. Cablevision. ISSN 0278-5587. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Murray, Nick (September 23, 2014). "Kenny Chesney's New Album: The Big Revival". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media LLC. ISSN 0035-791X. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  6. ^ Gary Trust (October 2, 2014). "Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean No. 1; Carrie Underwood Debuts on Country Charts". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on May 5, 2016.
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  9. ^ A Journal of Musical ThingsWeekly Music Sales Report and Analysis: 02 October 2014 - A Journal of Musical Things
  10. ^ " – Kenny Chesney – The Big Revival". Hung Medien.
  11. ^ "Kenny Chesney Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Kenny Chesney Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Kenny Chesney Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Billboard 200 Albums: Year-End top-selling albums across all genres". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Top Country Albums: 2014 Year-End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  16. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2015". Billboard. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  17. ^ "Top Country Albums – Year-End 2015". Billboard. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  18. ^ "American single certifications – Kenny Chesney – American Kids". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  19. ^ "American album certifications – Kenny Chesney – The Big Revival". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.