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Kenny Rogers Records New Duet with Dolly Parton & Announces New Album

Kenny Rogers Records New Duet with Dolly Parton & Announces New Album

Kenny Rogers’ 2013 album, You Can’t Make Old Friends. Photo courtesy of Webster & Associates.

Kenny Rogers will release a new album, You Can’t Make Old Friends, on October 8. The album includes a new duet — the title cut — with Kenny’s longtime friend and collaborator Dolly Parton. It was almost thirty years ago to the day when Kenny and Dolly released their classic hit “Islands In The Stream.”

“What a thrill it was for me to work again with my buddy, Dolly Parton, and what a special song,” Kenny said. “Working with Dolly is always a little like going home. Everything felt comfortable.”

Kenny worked with a collaboration of producers on the project, including Kyle Lehning, Warren Hartman, and Dann Huff. You Can’t Make Old Friends is Kenny’s first country album since the release of Water & Bridges in 2006 and he considers it the most varied and complete project of his career to date.

“I can honestly say this may be the best album I’ve ever recorded,” he said. “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 is available now for pre-order on iTunes. With every pre-order, customers will 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 available at

Kenny will continue touring the United States and Canada through the remainder of the year, including his annual Christmas & Hits Through The Years Tour. Additionally, a novel he co-wrote with Mike Blakeley, What Are The Chances, was released September 3. Kenny’s bestselling autobiography, Luck Or Something Like It, will be released in paperback September 27.


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