Kenny Rogers returns with a new album, You Can't Make Old Friends , on October 8. The diverse project includes a duet with Dolly Parton on the title track. Of course, Rogers and Parton scored a massive hit 30 years ago with another collaborative tune, "Islands in the Stream."
Kenny says, "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."
The rest of Rogers' new album includes forays into soul, Southern rock, zydeco and gospel.
"It goes from songs I would normally sing, to songs I would normally never even listen to," Kenny admits. "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."
Rogers also has a new novel titled What Are the Chances that's now in stores, which he co-wrote with Mike Blakely . In addition, look for Kenny's new autobiography, Luck or Something Like It , to come out in paperback on September 27.
Here's the You Can't Make Old Friends track listing:
"You Can't Make Old Friends" (with Dolly Parton)
"All I Need Is One"
"You Had to Be There"
"Turn This World Around"
"Dreams of the San Joaquin"
"Don't Leave Me in the Night Time" (featuring Buckwheat Zydeco)
"Look at You"
"When You Love Someone"
"It's Gonna Be Easy Now"
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