Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter
Written by Kenny Chesney, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne
No, it isn’t as strong as “You and Tequila.” Let’s get that out of the way right now, because expecting that lightning to strike twice will make it easy to miss the subtle beauty of “Wild Child”, Chesney’s new collaboration with Grace Potter.
Potter’s harmonies provide the perfect lift to Chesney’s understated and grounded vocal performance, allowing for the two singers to mirror the two characters of the song: a free-spirited woman who follows the wind and the man who is along for the ride.
It’s one of those songs that you’d expect to stay an album cut favorite of an artist’s dedicated fan base, so it’s cool that it’s getting a shot at a wider audience by being a single. Chesney seems to have settled into a new phase of his career, one that acknowledge his incredible success but not longer feels obligated to chase after past glories.
For those of us on board with him since the Capricorn days, he’s bookending that youthful earnestness with the subdued wisdom of an older man. Good move.