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Kenny Rogers will be forever known to Country music fans as The Gambler and on October 8 he released a new album You Can’t Make Old Friends.
The album reunites Rogers with long-time friend and collaborator, Dolly Parton, for a brand new duet on the title track, “You Can’t Make Old Friends.”
It was thirty years ago almost to the day when Kenny and Dolly released “Islands In The Stream,” which went on to become an instant classic and 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."
Kenny Rogers has already had an impressive 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, was released on September 3rd and Rogers’ New York Times Best Selling autobiography, Luck Or Something Like It, was released in paperback on September 27.
Rogers has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and recorded more than 65 albums during his illustrious 56 years in show business. Rogers has charted a record within each of the last seven decades and scored a hit single in the past six. He was the first country artist to consistently sell out arenas and quickly became a pop superstar as well – his 28 Billboard Adult Contemporary Top 10's is fourth-best all time among men, trailing only Elton John, Neil Diamond, and Elvis Presley. Rogers has recorded 12 No. 1 albums and 24 No. 1 hits – “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Lucille,” “Coward Of The County,” “She Believes in Me,” “Islands in the Stream” (with Dolly Parton) and “Every Time Two Fools Collide” (with Dottie West) among them. His Greatest Hits album has sold over 24 million copies worldwide to date. He is the RIAA’s 8th best-selling male artist of all time with one Diamond album, 19 Platinum albums and 31 Gold albums.
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
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
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Grammy Award-winner Gretchen Wilson had a dream come true when her debut holiday album CHRISTMAS IN MY HEART was released on October 8. The 10-song CD includes a mix of traditional carols, holiday favorites and a few future classics. Produced by Gretchen, the new album will be the third album released this year on her Redneck Records label.
"This is something I've wanted to do for a long time," said Gretchen. "We really took our time and came up with a fun mix of classic songs and found some great new songs to record."
Christmas In My Heart Track Listing:
"Christmas In My Heart"
"Santa I've Been Naughty"
"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"
"If You See Rudolph"
"Nuttin' For Christmas"
"Have A Holly Jolly Christmas"
"The Christmas Song"
"I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas"
Through her own Redneck Records label, Gretchen released a new country album entitled RIGHT ON TIME in April and the 13-song rock covers project UNDER THE COVERS in May.
Gretchen will return to The Pageant in St. Louis on October 15 to record a live version of her original multi-platinum HERE FOR THE PARTY.
The CD and DVD, titled STILL HERE FOR THE PARTY, will be released in May 2014 to commemorate the original CD's 10-year anniversary.
Gretchen is currently featured in the ESPN telecasts of the 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, which began on September 15.
She narrates and appears in the opening teases of the telecasts, with each tailored to the racetrack hosting that week's event.
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Naomi Judd will be inducted into the Kentucky Legends Hall of Fame on October 12 at a ceremony during the Louisville Film Festival.
Naomi, a native of the Bluegrass State, will be honored for her work with The Judds, as well as her humanitarian efforts -- which include River Cities Harvest, the Saint Louis University Liver Center, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Parents Television Council, Make-a-Difference Day, the Women’s World Peace Initiative, the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the July 4th Judd’s Annual Food Drive to benefit families of Appalachia.
The festival will also screen the film Nearlyweds, a movie made for the Hallmark Channel in which Naomi has a role.
>See below for a preview of the movie: