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Kenny Chesney took to his Instagram just moments ago to pay tribute to country legend Mac Davis, who died in Nashville last night (9/29) at age 78.

Kenny posted a picture of he and Mac writing, “Goodbye to my great friend Mac Davis. ⁣I met Mac as a young artist just starting out on my journey, when he was already a legend and a songwriting hero to me. He welcomed me into his home, and turned that tremendous creative light on me. Even though he’d written ‘In The Ghetto’ for Elvis and had so many incredible hits of his own, he made me feel like what I was doing mattered.”⁣

He continued, “A small town boy who’d achieved the greatest kinds of fame, he remained a good guy, a family man. That was Mac: a giant heart, quick to laugh and a bigger creative spirit. I was blessed to have it shine on me.⁣ And Mac, who was joyous, funny and created a family around him, never stopped writing great songs, creating music and inspiring everyone around him.⁣”

Chesney closed with, “He loved his wife Lisa and his kids, and all kinds of people. He kept in touch, always a kind word, a new joke or a piece of song he was working on, which made him a blessing to everyone who came into his life.”