Kenny Rogers: "Music Is the Great Memory-Maker of All Time"


Tell me why country music is the best?

I've always said that country music is the white man's rhythm and blues. It's where the pain is. With country music, I've had so many people from Korea and different parts of the world say they learned to speak English by listening to my music. Country music doesn't flower it-- if it hurts, they say it hurts--and people can learn small sentences by listening. I just think there is so much knowledge and so much wisdom and so much sincerity in country music. The format of country music is designed to touch people, and I think it does.

Your album, You Can't Make Old Friends, was released last fall. How do you feel about its reception?

I think it's the best album I've ever done. I'm not saying it's going to sell, because records don't sell like they use to. It's an interesting thing, because you use to do concerts to promote album sales, and now you do albums to promote concert sales. It's a totally different world, and so you don't worry as much about album sales as you do getting it out there so people will come see the show.

They use to have to buy ten songs to get the one they wanted, and now they just download the one they want while the others go unheard. Well, a lot of things happen in that dynamic, and people do not really get to know the depth of the artist or what that person thinks about. When you hear a whole album, you pick up common denominators. My music has always basically fallen into two categories; one is social songs, which have some social comment.

If you go back and look at "Reuben James", it's about a black man who raised a white child. "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town", is about a Vietnam War vet who came home and found out his wife was having an affair, and "Coward of the County" was about a rape. So, they all have some social significance to them.

The other category is ballads and love songs that say what every man would like to say, and every woman would like to hear. "Through the Years", "She Believes in Me", "You Decorated My Life", are all wonderful love songs. What man wouldn't want to say them, and what woman wouldn't want to hear them?

But you won't know that if you don't buy the album. It's kind of an American Idol mentality today. You're a hero for a while, and then you're replaced with another hero. Before, it was always my theory that the longer it took you to reach your height, the longer your glide ratio down was. That's why people of my genre have lasted so much longer than you anticipate the people of this era to, because they make it so quick, and they come down quick.

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Pat Hexemer
Pat Hexemer

I saw the great Kenny Rogers in Lakland ,Fl. in the mid 70s ..Still love him.

Elroy Podratz
Elroy Podratz

One of my favorite all-time male singers. Kenny - remember when you performed out in the country near a little town called Parker Prairie, MN? I was there - great performance!!!

Melissa Lewis
Melissa Lewis

At 75 still gorgeous still kickin music but you are one of the best would love to see you in concert again always my favorite,love you

Judy Fraser
Judy Fraser

So loved the face he was born with, so sad he didn't.

Gary Reeser
Gary Reeser

AMEN TO THAT....THE TALENT ROLLS ON & ON.....NEVERENDING....WHAT AN AWESOME MAN/MUSICIAN/WRITER/PERFORMER!!!! Bless you Kenny Rogers

Margaretha Hamberger
Margaretha Hamberger

Just ordert your book love your voice to bad i live in spain would love to see you on stage .do you ever give concerts in europe.?your voice is pure gaensehaut ,!!!!K

Robin Nelson
Robin Nelson

Kenny just pulled into Bluewater Resort in a Beautiful motorhome. Can't wait for the concert tonight!!!

Deanna Martin
Deanna Martin

Love you Kenny, So happy I got to see you @ the Cannery on the 14th, You 1 awesome man :)

Patricia McLeod
Patricia McLeod

You are the greatest. I live 2 towns from you in NH. would you write me? Thanks. Patricia McLeod. I live in Franklin, NH.

Buffy Wilkerson
Buffy Wilkerson

Kenny Rogers is THE man...his music has been touching my soul for over 30 yrs....Keep up the magic Music Man...Love you to pieces....

Lorene Wynn
Lorene Wynn

Love this man, he is awesome. Saw him a few years ago at the Colorado State Fair. He puts on a great show. Love him and Dolly together.

Rennae Marshall Christman
Rennae Marshall Christman

And 75 never looked so stinking good...LY Kenny Rogers...Through The Years..Still makes me cry!! You Can't Make Old Friends...Love it and you!! Your photography...Freaking rocks!!

Donna Williams
Donna Williams

I want to go to one concert and have him sing (to me) Lady..... I'd melt.....

Faith Gilman
Faith Gilman

I didn't even recognize him. When I lived in NY I went to each and every Christmas show he had. I met Garth Brooks at one of Kenny's shows. Sorry I can't look at him now !!

Teresa Seivert
Teresa Seivert

Mr. Roger, I was wondering if you were still with us. I grew up on COUNTRY MUSIC those were clean, pure, wholesome songs back than. The songs they have today is not that GREAT. I miss hearing you and Dolly Parton sing together. I need to ask you, are you a Christian? Can someone tell me if you are still with us?. May God Bless you and family and may He keep you ALL SAFE from harm.

Christy Morris
Christy Morris

I am shocked that Houston, or anything close to here isn't a stop on the tour. I guess it is not a big deal 4 the hometown of his success, is an afterthought. I believe there are venues that are available in the vastness that is the first to know his name in secular country music, and he jad friends here. Cant make old one's, so you don't look back.

Beatriz Maradiaga
Beatriz Maradiaga

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Valeria Ciaramelli
Valeria Ciaramelli

There are people who never should grow up, and he is one of them. People love and need Kenny, 4 ever and ever.

Gail Postell
Gail Postell

Kenny is a legend and the best singer ever in my opinion!!! Love that man.....

Pamela Klingler
Pamela Klingler

I love all Kenny's songs. He's my favorite singer. Then it dolly

Yolanda Escarzaga
Yolanda Escarzaga

I love Kenny Rogers......" LADY". i love many many of his songs... but the song "LADY" number one for me.. xxooxxoo

Maria G Bustillos
Maria G Bustillos

we want to see you in concert when you came to Boise but we couldn't make it. Our Wedding Song is Lady My Song from my Guy

Terry Lecompte
Terry Lecompte

I have Always loved your songs Kenny. Islands in the stream is an all time favorite!!

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