Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Kenny Rogers Set To Release You Can't Make Old Friends On 10/8

Kenny Rogers returns with You Can't Make Old Friends on October 8th via Warner Bros. Records, proving – once again – that he still has plenty to say. 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."

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. 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.

The digital download of You Can't Make Old Friends is available for the very first time today on iTunes here: 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 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.

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