That One Time Kenny Chesney Paid Taylor Swift to Leave His Tour

Kenny Chesney Once Had to Compensate Taylor Swift For Leaving His Tour

It may seem like ancient history now, but Kenny Chesney still remembers it like it was yesterday. In late 2006, the country star booked a rising young Nashville singer to open for his The Road and the Radio tour. Swift had just released her breakout hit “Tim McGraw,” and was still in high school. After booking, Chesney realized that the 17-year-old singer posed a problem because his tour was being sponsored by Corona Light.

Chesney opened up about the experience in a recent interview with USA Today. “I had to call her and tell her she couldn’t be on the tour,” Chesney said. He made it up to Swift by compensating her with a “hefty check.”

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However, three years later, she unseated him as the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, a title he held four years in a row. Chesney caught up with her again at the CMA’s a few years after the tour debacle. “I went up to her backstage, gave her a hug and told her I wanted my money back.”

In an interview with Entertainment TonightChesney talked about Swift’s recent decision to leave country music. “She is such a global act. I mean, it’s unbelievable. I have always been one of Taylor’s biggest fans and I think that her songwriting has gotten really good. And I think that’s the foundation of everything we do, songwriting.”

Chesney is currently in the midst of his Big Revival tour which will feature Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Chase Rice and Old Dominion.

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Featured images via Wikimedia Commons/Lawrence Fung, Wikimedia Commons/Brian Cantoni

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That One Time Kenny Chesney Paid Taylor Swift to Leave His Tour