All proceeds from Kenny Chesney’s forthcoming album Songs for the Saints will go to the singer’s Love for Love City Foundation, which has funded rescue and rebuilding projects across the U.S. and British Virgin Islands following the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. On the hopeful “Better Boat,” his third instant grat track available today, the singer says the emotion following the aftermath of the storms is highlighted best.
“Of all the songs on there, ‘Better Boat,’ I think really captures the emotion of that moment – and the months following,” he says in a statement. “There’s an acceptance it takes to face those challenges and that uncertainty… the lyric has that line, ‘I ride the waves I can’t control.’ And that’s exactly how this was, and in some ways, still is.”
The song was written by Travis Meadows and Liz Rose and features Americana Music Awards New/Emerging Artist Mindy Smith. “Better Boat” opens with a string guitar part from 9-time CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally, which helps to set up the reflective song.
“Mindy’s voice is so much a part of my life on the islands: I woke up with her music, drifted across the ocean with her music, watched the sun sink and the stars come out to that voice,” Kenny says of his singing partner. “When I heard this song, and thought about what it means, I knew Mindy had to be on here, because she’s like an angel, a spirit who lets you know that no matter what, it’s going to be okay. That’s a very big deal.”
The introspective tune has Kenny singing of letting things go and taking things one day at a time: “I breathe in, I breathe out / Got friends to call who let me talk about / What ain’t workin’, what’s still hurtin’ / All the things I feel like cussin’ out / Now and then I let it go, I ride the waves I can’t control,” he sings.
Kenny’s Songs for the Saints is available on July 27.