PHOTOS: Kenny Chesney & Kelsea Ballerini Share Personal Memories From I Go Back Tour: “My Heart Is So Full”

“Tour mates turned family. Thanks to everyone that gave so much to the #IGOBACKTOUR. Kenny loves Tekelsea,” Chesney shared.

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Posted on May 31, 2023

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Kelsea Ballerini, Kenny Chesney; Photo Courtesy of Instagram

Kenny Chesney recently wrapped the I Go Back Tour with back-to-back nights at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama, and the superstar celebrated the end of the trek with a tropical vacation alongside his tour mate, Kelsea Ballerini.

According to social media posts, the country superstars jetted down to the Caribbean to enjoy some fun in the sun together alongside Ballerini’s boyfriend, Chase Stokes.

“Tour Mates Turn Family”

Chesney documented their trip with an Instagram post of the pair on a boat.

“Tour mates turned family. Thanks to everyone that gave so much to the #IGOBACKTOUR. Kenny loves Tekelsea,” Chesney captioned the snapshot.

Tekelsea appears to be a nickname the “Summertime” singer gave to Ballerini as she recently challenged him to drink a shot of tequila on stage after he convinced her to do her first-ever ice bath.

While enjoying their vacation, Kenny Chesney also shared another photo of himself sipping on a beverage while in a hammock.

“Off tour,” Chesney wrote.

Reminisced On Their Fondest Memories Together

He wasn’t the only one who reflected on the tour on social media. Kelsea Ballerini also reminisced on some of her fondest memories with Chesney in a post that featured 10 photos of their time on the road together.

The carousel of images included photos from Ballerini’s time on and off the stage with Chesney, such as enjoying time at the beach, a drink at the bar, and hilarious snapshots from their travels.

“Spent the last few months touring with my hero turned brother @kennychesney. My heart is so full from a beautiful collection of new memories. Thank you to everyone who made it so dang special 🤍”

Chesney Gave Ballerini A Special Gift That Brought Her To Tears

Their trip comes just days after he brought her to tears with a special gift commemorating their chart-topping collaboration, “Half Of My Hometown,” a tune they performed each night on the I Go Back Tour.

“Part of why Kelsea drunk texted me to sing ‘half of my hometown’ was because we went to rival high schools, but basically come from the same place,” Chesney laughs. “When it was time to get something to remember the I Go Back Tour by, what better gift? Hard to believe mine still fits, but it did. So, for one night in Orange Beach, the Gibbs Eagles and Central Bobcats represented for a whole lot of people.”

Kelsea Ballerini, Kenny Chesney; Photo Courtesy of Instagram
Kelsea Ballerini, Kenny Chesney; Photo Courtesy of Instagram

In addition to performing “Half Of My Hometown,” the pair also shared the stage to sing several other duets, including “Wild Child,” “You And Tequila,” and more.

The I Go Back Tour Kicked Off In Virginia

The I Go Back Tour kicked off in Charlottesville, Virginia and made its way across the U.S. with stops in State College, PA., Greensboro, NC, Grand Rapids, MI, Grand Forks, ND, Sioux Falls, SD, Jacksonville, FL, Fort Wayne, IN, Lexington, KY, and more. He had the chance to visit arenas that he hasn’t played in several years, which made this trek even more special to the eight-time Entertainer of the Year. 

“What a way to start my summer,” he said following the last show.  “Some really great memories were made.”

Kenny Chesney, Kelsea Ballerini; Photo Courtesy of Instagram
Kenny Chesney, Kelsea Ballerini; Photo Courtesy of Instagram

While the tour may be over, Kenny Chesney still has a few festival dates on the books, including appearances at Gulf Coast Jam and Carolina Country Music Fest.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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