Country superstar Kenny Chesney first announced the tour that will bring him to Bend way back in September of 2019. Back then, it was called the Chillaxification Tour, and it was going to hit football stadiums across the United States in 2020.

COVID-19 had other plans, of course, and the tour was postponed and rescheduled a couple times. It also got a new name: The Here and Now Tour, to place more emphasis on being present and appreciating every day, as opposed to chillaxing. (Which is also important, of course.)

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Ben Salmon is a Bend-based music journalist and host of Left Of The Dial, which airs 8-10 p.m. Thursdays on KPOV, 88.9 FM and streams at You can find him on Bandcamp and Twitter at @bcsalmon.

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Transitory Inflation

'his 31 No. 1 country hits'

What in the world? I have not encountered this person's name until this moment. I am used to being clueless about pop culture, but this is about much...

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