The Song: In Brief
Written by Casey Beathard and Dave Turnbull, “The Boys of Fall” was recorded by Kenny Chesney. The song was released as the lead single from his 12th album “Hemingway’s Whiskey” in July 2010. Basically, the song speaks about Football as a sport played in high school. According to the country music star, the song perfectly “describes how and where he grew up”.
Behind the song is a more than eight-minute music video featuring numerous football players and coaches sharing their experiences playing the sport in high school. The video also incorporated clips of famous individuals – players, coaches, and professionals alike associated with the sport. The music video was directed by Shaun Silva, much of it was taken at Celina High School football stadium in Celina, Texas. Some of the scenes were also filmed at Gibbs High School in Nashville, Tennessee where the singer played football.
On July 31, 2010, the song debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs peaking at number 17. As such, it became Chesney’s highest debut single since September 2007 with “Don’t Blink” debuting at number 16. The song also appeared on the pop singles chart Billboard Hot 100 ranking at number 18. Moreover, the track topped the country charts on October 1, 2010, making it Chesney’s 18th number one song.
More Than Just A Sport
While the song was not written by Chesney, football as a sport is close to his heart. The singer shared that other than songwriting and family, his other great passion is football.
“If I’m not with my family or writing, I’m at home just watching football. That’s my background. My dad and brothers were in football, and I have a big passion for it. I’m coaching my kids all through it.”
On his website, Chesney shared that he loved recording "The Boys of Fall" since the first time he heard it. He said, “I just stopped right there, and played it over and over again.” The singer affirmed that the song will not only give a thrilling feeling to someone who’s into the sport. It will also make others understand why the sport is a powerful thing for those who actually experience it.
Indeed, football is more than just a sport. It’s a life-changing thing. Chesney added how he always coordinates football and life – leaning on each other and all that stuff you face in life.
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