Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

It happens a lot.

We talk to country stars and inevitably, it comes up… “Boston is special.” “We love playing Boston.” “Boston is our favorite city to play.” “You people in New England are crazy. We like that.” These are just a few of the things I’ve heard country superstars say over the years. Some are adamant about professing their love of Boston, relaying their appreciation for our passion, showing up and being loud.

Yup, that’s a huge compliment. And that’s so… New England.

But who is OUR biggest fan?

The first names that come to mind are of course, Kenny Chesney. I mean he named his fan club while playing at Gillette Stadium. Dan + Shay always make sure to tell us that their fans here are #1 and they helped to make them. Cole Swindell has a special place in his heart for New England because he wrote one of his biggest hits here. Zac Brown Band considers Fenway their home away from home. Jason Aldean can’t get enough of our ball park.

Whether it’s the food, the history, our sports or because we are loud and proud, there’s no denying our friends from the South (where the majority of country artists grew up) appreciate the fact that we appreciate them and their music!

So let’s see who’s showing Boston team pride and who’s told us straight out, they love us!

  • Kenny Chesney

    Kenny Chesney has to be our (New England’s) #1 fan. I have never, ever heard another country artist speak as much or as impassioned about this part of the country than Kenny.

    He did, indeed, name his fan club No Shoes Nation, while playing at his favorite venue, Gillette Stadium. Foxboro is purposely, always the last stop on his tour.

    Here’s what he had to say about that:

    The love affair with New England started because Chesney had his first radio station visit here. We were one of the first in the country to play his songs. He never forgot that.


    Kenny Chesney



  • Scotty McCreery

    Scotty has a real connection to New England, and it’s not just because we are us. haha. It’s an actual connection. His dad grew up in Maine, and passed along his love of Boston sports teams. Scotty told  about his dad, “He’s from the very southern tip of Maine – Elliot in the Kittery area – and then Portsmouth, N.H. He grew up a Boston sports fan, so that’s all he knew and he passed that down to me here in North Carolina. I’m like the lone wolf, but it’s fun to be a Patriots fan down here because most folks, they’re Pats haters for sure. That makes it more interesting.”

    Here’s what Scotty  told me about being a New England fan. (BTW, he’s not the only one in the family who is.)


    Scotty McCreery

  • Dan+Shay

    Dan and Shay have always shown Boston the love. “Our best fans are in Boston.”

    Hear it here:


    Dan + Shay sold out the TD Garden in Boston

    Dan and Shay TD Garden 12/2021

  • Zac Brown

    Did you hear what Zac Brown said about playing at Fenway Park?

    Hear it here:

    Zac Brown Fenway Park 2021



  • Cole Swindell

    Cole Swindell had a good friend who once played for the Red Sox. Pitcher Craig Kimbrel who played for the Sox from 2016-2018 and Swindell were friends. And did you know Cole wrote “You Should Be Here” here, in New England, at Gillette Stadium!



    Cole Swindell HOB




  • Jason Aldean

    How can he not be a fan? Jason Aldean was the first country star to play at Fenway Park, and he sold it out. Twice. And, wait there’s more. He also broke a record for beer sales by a music act at Fenway. Feather in the cap, for sure.

    Listen to Jason talk about it:


    Jason Aldean press for Fenway Park show


    Jason Aldean at Fenway Park with jersey

  • Kip Moore

    Since day 1, Kip Moore connected with people in Boston. He helped to build a skatepark for disadvantaged kids in the city here back in 2015. We talked a little about that in 2017 and his love of our city, which he calls “my town.”


    Kip Moore Celtics shirt

  • Chase Rice

    It’s a close call as to who has played around Boston more, Kip Moore or Chase Rice. But Chase is always happy to play here and sport his favorite Boston teams. He speaks the love here:


    CHase Rice in Sox shirt - green monster

  • Dierks Bentley

    He comes back to Boston year after year for a reason. “Fans are extra crazy up there for some reason.”

    Before he became the superstar he is today, Dierks did a charity event for us at the Hard Rock Boston.




    Dierks Bentley

    Hard Rock Cafe 2012

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