Kenny Chesney: 'I really need time away.'

kenny-chesney-gma-gi.jpg Kenny Chesney makes it clear: Though he isn't touring this year, he isn't taking a break.

The country music superstar has been on the concert circuit annually since 1993, but he's devoting 2010 to other projects ... including himself.

"I wanted to take a mental break from being me for a minute," he explains to Zap2it. "That's why I'm working really hard to get all the stuff I've got to out of the way. I really need time away."

Chesney is back in the studio recording a new album, due this fall; he's also putting the finishing touches on his 3-D concert movie, slated for release Wednesday, Apr. 21.