I love listening to Kenny Chesney. I would like to hear more about him.
—Angela B., North Carolina
Kenny Chesney had a big year in 2002 with a No. 1 hit single The Good Stuff, not to mention a headlining tour that grossed $24 million, and No. 1 album, No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems. The Luttrell, Tenn., native is on tour again, this time with Kellie Coffey and Montgomery Gentry. Chesney's current single is Big Star. The former high school football player credits his connection with his fans to the fact that he grew up in a small town, where he skinny-dipped, fished, and got his heart broken by a high school sweetheart. "I've lived like a lot of guys listening to my music live. And I think that's why people buy my records, because they can relate to the guy singing those songs. They feel like the songs are about their lives, because they're about my life—and I'm not all that different from them, even now," he says. Chesney got his start playing five nights a week for tips at Chucky's in Johnson City, Tenn., while he was a student at East Tennessee State University.