Kenny Chesney and David Lee Murphy announced a surprise collaborative project this week.
Kenny Chesney and David Lee Murphy announced they are releasing an album together. No Zip Code is a collaborative project between the two longtime friends. Chesney made the album announcement at a recent awards ceremony at the BMI headquarters in Nashville. During his speech, Chesney praised Murphy as an artist, calling him “the original and last of the hillbilly rock stars.”
Murphy has written some of Chesney’s biggest hits, including “Livin’ in Fast Forward,” “Pirate Flag,” and “‘Til It’s Gone.” He found his own solo success in the mid 90s with his notable hits “Dust on the Bottle” and “Party Crowd.” Since then, he’s penned huge hits like Thompson Square‘s “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” and Jason Aldean‘s “Big Green Tractor.”
“When I was 20, I was listening to Waylon (Jennings), Merle Haggard, Willie (Nelson), (George) Jones,” Murphy told Rolling Stone Country. “I was out on a back road, drinking beer, knowing they’d done stuff – and wanting to hear all about it. That’s kind of the way with me, too: these songs aren’t about me, they are me, and there’s an edge, but even more, they’re real.”
The release date for No Zip Code has not yet been announced.