Monday, September 9, 2013

Kenny Rogers back with new album and Parton duet

This just in: A first view of the new duet video with Dolly. I'm glad to see them back together again...

With a recording career that now spans over seven decades, country music legend Kenny Rogers returns with all-new release You Can’t Make Old Friends on Oct. 8 via Warner Bros. Records.

The album reunites Rogers with long-time friend and collaborator, Dolly Parton, for a new duet on the title track.” It was thirty years ago when Kenny and Dolly released “Islands In The Stream,” which went on to become one of the most successful singles by a duo in history.

"What a thrill it was for me to work again with my buddy, Dolly Parton, and what a special song,” remarked Rogers. “Working with Dolly is always a little like going home. Everything felt comfortable."

With a collaboration of producers (among them Dann Huff), You Can’t Make Old Friends is Rogers’ first country album since the release of Water & Bridges in 2006. Rogers considers this upcoming release the most varied and complete album of his lifetime.

"I can honestly say this may be the best album I've ever recorded,” added Rogers. “The musical diversity is extraordinary. It goes from songs I would normally sing, to songs I would normally never even listen to. In this business, you do albums to both grow artistically, and for the sheer love of music. We chose what I think are the most diverse and best songs I've ever had access to." 

You Can't Make Old Friends showcases a certain familiarity that can be expected from Rogers, along with fresh twists of creativity that see the versatile Grammy Award-winner stretching his artistry into new musical territory.

In addition to the great story songs and love songs Rogers has become well known for, flavors of rock and roll, soul, gospel, southern rock, zydeco, and sounds of the Southwest are embraced in this bold recording.
Those who preorder the new album on iTunes will also receive an instant download of the “You Can’t Make Old Friends” duet. Special pre-sale bundles, including a physical copy of the CD, are being offered at

Kenny Rogers will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this fall. Rogers also performed on the main stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival as it was televised on BBC. His Through The Years World Tour has included stops in Morocco, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Switzerland, Canada and the U.S.

This fall and winter, Rogers’ tour will do more U.S. and Canadian dates, including the Christmas & Hits Through The Years Tour, his annual holiday performances, in late November and December.

In addition, a novel Rogers co-wrote with Mike Blakely, What Are The Chances, was just released and Rogers’ New York Times Best Selling autobiography, Luck Or Something Like It, will be released in paperback on Sept. 27.

Kenny Rogers – You Can’t Make Old Friends – Track Listing
1. You Can’t Make Old Friends (Duet With Dolly Parton)
2. All I Need Is One
3. You Had To Be There
4. ’Merica
5. Turn This World Around
6. Dreams Of The San Joaquin
7. Don’t Leave Me In The Night Time (Featuring Buckwheat Zydeco)
8. Look At You
9. Neon Horses
10. When You Love Someone
11. It’s Gonna Be Easy Now
9/14 Oxford, ME – Oxford County Fair – Oxford, ME
9/25 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium – Concert for Cumberland Heights – Nashville, TN
10/10 University, MS – Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts – University of Mississippi
10/11 Branson, MO – The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre
10/20 Charleston, SC – Southern Ground Music & Food Festival – Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island
(Special Guest of Zac Brown Band)
10/26 Pocola, OK – Choctaw Casino
11/09 El Dorado, AR – El Dorado Municipal Auditorium
11/10 Branson, MO – The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre
1/23 St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles – The Country Music Cruise 2014
1/13 Carmel, IN – The Center for the Performing Arts – The Palladium
With Special Guest Linda Davis
12/01 Concord, NH – The Capitol Center For The Arts
12/02 Verona, NY – Turning Stone Resort Casino – Event Center
12/03 Englewood, NJ – bergenPAC
12/05 Newark, NJ – Prudential Hall, New Jersey Performing Arts Center
12/07 Newport News, VA – Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center For The Arts
12/08 Morgantown, WV – West Virginia University – Creative Arts Center
12/12 Paducah, KY – Carson Center
12/14 Sault Sainte Marie, MI – Kewadin Casino – DreamMakers Theater
12/16 New Philadelphia, OH – Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas
12/21 Naperville, IL – Pfeiffer Hall – North Central College

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