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Country music icon Kenny Rogers will be teaming back up with Dolly Parton on his brand new album! The two pair up on “You Can’t Make Old Friends,” the title track from his new record due out October 8th on Warner Music. It was thirty years ago, almost to the day, when Kenny and Dolly recorded “Islands In The Stream.”
It’s a big deal for Kenny, who shares his excitement to be working with Dolly again:
“What a thrill it was for me to work again with my buddy, Dolly Parton, and what a special song. Working with Dolly is always a little like going home. Everything felt comfortable.”
With a collaboration of producers, including Kyle Lehning, Warren Hartman, and Dann Huff, You Can’t Make Old Friends is Rogers’ first country album since the release of Water & Bridges in 2006. Kenny 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. 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 Kenny 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 Kenny 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.
he digital download of You Can’t Make Old Friends is available for the very first time today on iTunes here: http://smarturl.it/kennyrogers. Customers who pre-order 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 www.kennyrogers.com.
Kenny Rogers has already had a massive year in 2013, including the announcement of his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame this fall. Rogers also performed on the main stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival to a colossal audience on the grounds and around the UK 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 roll on with 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, is being released today (September 3rd) and Rogers’ New York Times Best Selling autobiography, Luck Or Something Like It, will be released in paperback on September 27th.
In the past week alone, Kenny Rogers has done more than some artists do in years. On Saturday, he hit the LP Field stage for CMA Fest, on Sunday, he took the stage at Bonnaroo and on Thursday, he hit New York City to perform at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
At LP Field, Rogers played four songs to a sold-out crowd, and at Bonnaroo, he thrilled the crowd. He was the only artist to play at both events, and at Bonnaroo, he was joined on stage by Lionel Richie to perform “Lady.” He then later joined Phish on stage to perform “The Gambler.” Billboard Magazine called his appearance “spellbinding,” ”breathtaking, and “one of the 10 best performances of Bonnaroo 2012.”
On Thursday night, Rogers took the stage in New York City in honor of songwriter, Don Schlitz, the writer of “The Gambler.” Schlitz, who has penned several timeless hits, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year.
Kenny is currently on a world tour that will cross the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He is also working on his autobiography, entitled “Luck or Something Like It,” which is scheduled to be released on October 2nd. He will also begin working on a new record with acclaimed producer Dann Huff.
Kenny Rogers 2012 Tour Dates
6/15 Luhrs Performing Arts Center – Shippensburg, PA
6/16 MGM Grand at Foxwoods – MGM Grand Theater – Mashantucket, CT
6/20 Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino – Eagle Pass, TX
6/22 IP Casino Resort & Spa – IP Showroom – Studio A – Biloxi, MS
7/13 Alabama Theatre – North Myrtle Beach, SC
7/14 Chastain Park Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA (With Glen Campbell)
7/20 Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino – Coarsegold, CA
7/27 Meadowbrook – US Cellular Pavilion – Gilford, NH (With The Oak Ridge Boys)
7/28 Parc Beauséjour – Rimouski, QC, Canada
8/10 CBS Arena – Christchurch, Addington, New Zealand (With Glen Campbell)
8/12 Vector Arena – Auckland, New Zealand (With Glen Campbell)
8/15 State Theatre – Sydney, NSW, Australia (With Glen Campbell)
8/16 State Theatre – Sydney, NSW, Australia (With Glen Campbell)
8/18 Darwin Festival – Darwin, N. Territory, Australia
8/21 Perth Convention Centre – Perth, Australia
8/23 Palais Theatre – Melbourne, VIC, Australia (With Glen Campbell)
8/24 Newcastle Entertainment Centre – Newcastle, NSW, Australia (With Glen Campbell)
8/26 Gympie Muster Outdoor Festival – Gympie, Queensland, Australia
8/29 Adelaide Festival Theatre – Adelaide, Australia
9/09 Wayne County Fair – Wooster, OH
9/24 Bloomsburg Fair – Bloomsburg, PA
9/28 Durham Fair – Durham, CT
10/12 Arena Theatre – Houston, TX
10/13 WinStar Casino – Thackerville, OK
10/18 Taipei, Taiwan – National Taipei University Stadium
10/21 Singapore, Singapore – Singapore Indoor Stadium
10/23 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Arena of Stars
10/26 Seoul, Korea – Olympic Hall
Additional tour dates, including the 2012 Christmas & Hits Tour, to be announced.
Warner Brothers Records and Kenny Rogers are teaming up once again. The legendary music icon made the announcement at his first first of two sold-out shows Wednesday night at the Ford Theater in Nashville. Kenny’s career with Warner has given the icon a string of multi-platinum albums and hit singles, and he’ll be returning to the place where it all started in 1967. His new album will be produced by Dan Huff and is expected out later this year.
“I’m looking forward to returning home to Warner Bros. Records after all these years,” commented Kenny on his new deal. “Our history together, combined with the incredible team that’s in place now, provides the catalyst for a great new relationship going forward.”
Kenny has been recognized as one of the greatest entertainers of all-time. In 2008, he celebrated his 50th year in show business. He has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide and he has recorded more than 65 albums over his career. He has a long list of timeless classics like “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “She Believes In Me,” and, “We’ve Got Tonight.” Two of his albums, “The Gambler,” and, “Kenny” are listed in about.com’s 200 Most Influential Country Albums Ever.
Keep an eye out for Kenny’s new record with Warner Music later this year.
Kenny Rogers is suing Capital Records in federal court, alleging breach of contract for underpayments on royalties.
The legendary singer of such hits as “The Gambler” and “Coward of the County,” claims the record label underpaid royalties from online sales. That includes everything from albums to single songs to ringtones.
The Tennesseean reports that Rogers and other artists to file similar suits, claim the record companies deliberately underpay the royalties for online sales by defining them as “sales” instead of “licenses.” That distinction is huge because, according to the report, profits from licensed music usually gets the artist about half of the profits. They get much less for transactions classified as “sales.”
Rogers also alleges that he is still owed money from awards the label won in lawsuits against companies like Napster.
Another CMA Awards night has come and gone, but certain moments left lasting impressions on our staff. If you follow us on Twitter, you know we spent the majority of the show cracking on Sheryl Crow‘s hair, Dolly Parton‘s assets, Zac Brown Band‘s beards, and Kacey Musgraves‘ b****y resting face. While those particular things set the stage for our jokes, puns, and #sarcastictweets, our staff compiled a list of our other favorite moments of the night. The following are those award show memories that are ingrained in our minds:
We had the chance to chat with rising country star, Mariah Grace. She couldn’t have been sweeter and opened up to us about everything from songwriting to releasing her first EP to her faith and her musical inspirations. Despite an impressive resume that includes magazine features, high-profile performances and acclaim, she remains grounded, humble and thankful for everything that’s come her way so far. Without further ado, meet Mariah Grace.
KIC: For those readers who may be ‘meeting’ you for the first time in this blog, can you give us a little bit of a back story as to how you began performing?
MG: I have been singing my whole life. My family has always said I was singing before I could talk. When I was only a few months old I was humming and singing twinkle twinkle little star with my Mimi who was an amazing singer, and My Momma said she knew then that God had blessed me with my gift to sing. I first stepped out onto a stage to perform at age 2, and have been performing ever since. My whole life I have been in front of the camera, in front of a crowd, and singing everywhere and anywhere I could and for everyone and anyone. The stage is my home.
MG: I have looked up to Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton my whole life. They have both taught me to go after what I love, and to never give up. I idolize anyone who goes after their dreams. As for an artist right now that I idolize, That would hands down be Carrie Underwood. I am so blessed for all of the country music artists before me who make it possible for girls like me to be living out our dreams. I have certainly been blessed with the best of them. My fellow artist friends and mentors have helped me so very much.
Tonight’s CMT Awards just got a little bigger. Being added to the already huge list of performers is Nelly, who will join Florida-Georgia Line for their new version of “Cruise,” and Lenny Kravitz who will join Jason Aldean.
Presenters added to the line-up include Blake Shelton, Cassadee Pope, Dax Shepard, Annasophia Robb, Dr. Drew, Ed Sheeran, Sheryl Crow, Jana Kramer, Kenny Rogers, Reba, The Band Perry, Vince Vaughn, Kelsey Grammar, Lorraine Bracco, and more.
The CMT Video Awards air TONIGHT live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on CMT and CMT.com at 8 pm EST.
Canadian singer-songwriter Marshall Dane released his sophomore country album “One Of These Days” earlier this month and we got the chance to talk to Marshall about his brand new record! In our exclusive interview with him we discuss why he’s so emotional talking about the record, what song is hard for him to sing live, what it is about country music that he loves so much, and why country fans should check him out. Get to know Marshall below in our interview.
The Canadian country rocker was nominated for the Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO)’s Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year. It was recorded in London, Ontario in June 2012 and is the follow-up to his successful “Running Stop Signs.”
Check out our interview with Marshall Dane and remember to pick up your copy of “One Of These Days” from iTunes.
As we found out years ago, Tim McGraw, along with country music pals, Kenny Chesney and Tracy Lawrence, found out who his friends are. Well, Tim has teamed up with those friends to create a compilation disc, entitled “Tim McGraw & Friends,” scheduled for release by Curb Records on January 22, 2013. Colt Ford helped Tim out on the track, “Twisted,” which will be the first single off the special compilation disc. The album will be exclusively available at Walmart and will include 11 individual tracks:
While the honorees themselves are still being kept top secret, CMT has announced a big list of performers for their 2012 Artists of the Year special. Performing this year will be country superstars Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Chris Young, Kenny Rogers, Toby Keith, Hunter Hayes, Kacey Musgraves, Thompson Square, Jason Aldean, Eli Young Band and Sammy Hagar. While the station won’t announce the honorees, or even hint about who it could be, fans are encouraged to keep up-to-date in all the announcements at cmt.com.
The 90-minute special will be hosted by Rascal Flatts and “Nashville” show star Hayden Panettiere on December 8th, 2012 airing on CMT. Who do you think deserves to be honored at the third annual event?