updated 09/10/2010 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 09/13/2010 AT 1:00 PM ET
The country star says he loves to help fans escape the worries of everyday life, which is where he got the inspiration for his new tune “Reality.” And PEOPLE.com has your exclusive first listen of the song off Chesney’s upcoming album, Hemingway’s Whiskey.
Listen to the song here:
Chesney says he tapped into his own past – before he became one of country music’s biggest stars – to write the tune. “I had dreams of doing this one day. I remember going to so many shows and going, ‘Wow, that just looks unbelievable,’ ” he says in a video clip off the deluxe version of his disc.
Going to concerts “did help me not think about the test I had on Monday or that I wasn’t getting along with my mother at the time I hope people feel that way when they come to our shows,” he says.
Chesney knows he can’t make people’s problems disappear, but he wants to offer a fun distraction. “Everybody’s got problems. Our country’s got problems,” he says. “Everybody’s got them. We’re not here to solve them tonight. We’re here to push them aside.”
Chesney’s new album, Hemingway’s Whiskey, is due out Sept. 28 from BNA Records.
For more on Chesney, check out his Twitter page