Saturday, July 05, 2008
George Strait just finished up 2 months of having his own dedicated XM channel, Led Zeppelin had 6 months of their own channel, as well as Michael Jackson for a month...and just announced, another artist gets his own channel. From July 26 through October 25 XM Channel 18 will be "No Shoes Radio." The channel will be available online for an additional 3 months after.
The channel is being described as not only playing his tracks from all his albums, but also specially recorded material such as live tracks and special performance recordings featuring special guests as well.
Alrighty, is it just me or is this a little crazy? I understand and respect Kenny Chesney being one of the most successful country music artists of the current and is very talented. He also is a master of the live show. However, he only has 10 studio albums, a Christmas album, and a greatest hits album, and a live album.
So, I did the math. Using his 10 studio albums, that even have repeat songs and different versions of the same song on them included in his catalog, there is a total running time of 7 hours and 3 minutes. Add in the new material from the greatest hits album at 15 minutes, 43 minutes from the Christmas album, 1 hour 5 minutes from the live album and we are at 9 hours and 6 minutes to play his entire recorded released catalog.
George Strait has 24 albums, 2 live albums, and 3 Christmas albums. Big Difference in Chesney's 10, 1, and 1. Strait ran for 2 months. This new channel is scheduled for 3 months. Gracious, listeners are in for a lot of repeated songs. I know, most people anyway, won't be listening to this channel alone, but some will. Even the casual listener like most of us will be, I have a feeling will get a bit tired of it.
I must say one thing though, again, this one of the amazing power of satellite radio. If you want to hear Chesney 24-7 for 3 months, you can. However, there are 78other music 24-7 music channels alone on XM. That's not counting the rest of the channels for news, comedy, sports, talk radio, and other entertainment.
If you aren't an XM subscriber, I hope you will take a moment and think about it. It will change your listening habits forever. Once you get it, you will not want to let it go, ever. If you want more information, just send me an email.
The bottom line, enjoy the upcoming channel and Kenny Chesney fans get ready, Channel 18 is on its way beginning July 26, 2008.