Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Byline: TOM SZAROLETA

MUSIC

KENNY AGAIN-Y

Apparently country superstar Kenny Chesney took exception to a story we ran that previewed his sold-out show at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The story pointed out that Chesney has played the Jacksonville market 18 times in 16 years and that, frankly, we'd run out of things to say about him. It then gave a fill-in-the-blanks review so readers could write their own Kenny stories.

A lot of people told me they liked the story, but Chesney seemed to interpret it to mean that I was calling his fans stupid for going to see him. Sorry to hear he felt that way, but no insult was intended. So let's set the record straight:

- I really like Chesney's music. I've seen his show and written nice things about him in the past. I've paid my own money to download several of his songs to my iPod ("Living in Fast Forward" is my personal favorite).

- Calling Chesney's fans stupid would be, well, a stupid thing to do. If you're going to spend your money on a concert ticket, you can do a whole lot worse than the reigning Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year.

- I wasn't at this year's show because I nearly electrocuted myself that day while putting up a shelf in my son's bedroom (now THAT is stupid).

PRESS RELEASE OF THE WEEK

SOMETHING TO BUILD ON

We get all sorts of weird stuff in the mail at the Times-Union newsroom. But a Priority Mail envelope that arrived last week containing a brick sure caught our attention.

No, it wasn't from an angry Kenny Chesney fan. It was from Boral, a company that's handcrafting bricks using 17th century technology.

Here's hoping they've started a trend, and that Mercedes can find an envelope big enough to fit a convertible.

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