Kenny Chesney went on a hunt to track down this one fan, and here’s why Facebook/Matt Lewellen
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When it comes to country music concerts, there’s always a sliver of a chance that our favorite artist will notice us out of a ginormous crowd.

For one Kenny Chesney fan, it happened. And, it may be the most unique scenario yet.

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Country fan Matt Lewellen of Yorkstown, Virginia brought a humongous poster with him to one of Kenny’s Spread the Love Tour shows. The sign had the words “Touchdown Tennessee” painted in orange across the front. It was those words that caught Kenny’s eyes. Normally, a fan’s sign would result in the country artist bringing them onstage, but this fan got so much more.

When Kenny finished out the show, he took to Facebook. In an attempt to track down Matt he wrote,”I’m told this guy in the 18 jersey has been out to a bunch of our VA Beach shows. Anyone know who he is??”

Lucky for the “Big Star,” 97.3 The Eagle set out to fetch Matt. They finally found him — all thanks to a handful of strangers who were willing to share the Facebook photo. Turns out, not only is Matt one of the Knoxville native’s most frequent ticket holders, but he’s also been attending Kenny’s shows for years. In fact, the sign he was carrying “is a song that [Kenny] wrote for the University of Tennessee Football announcer.” Matt said that he and his best friend created the sign back in 2001.

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Once found, Kenny invited Matt to meet him backstage at his June 23 show in Virginia Beach. Upon meeting the megastar, Matt said that Kenny jumped from his stool to greet him.

“He gave me a big hug and a high five. He’s like, ‘You’re back man. We found you!’ So, now it’s pretty neat. He said that the reason that he sought us out is because we had been part of his career since the very beginning.”

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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