Kenny Rogers, New Album: Icon Makes Big Announcement During Hall of Fame Performance
Kenny Rogers is back in the saddle again. The singer revealed last night (May 9) that he will be recording a new album for Warner Bros. Records with producer Dann Huff. The announcement came during the first of Kenny's two nights as the Artist-in-Residence at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
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"I am very excited about this, and I hope that we are right and people do want new music from me," he told sold-out audience of the Ford Theatre.
"I'm looking forward to returning home to Warner Bros. Records after all these years," he said in a statement regarding the record label he first worked with in 1967. "Our history together, combined with the incredible team that's in place now, provides the catalyst for a great new relationship going forward."
The Hall of Fame's Artist-in-Residence program is celebrating its 10th anniversary, which over the years has included such alumni as Guy Clark, Earl Scruggs, Vince Gill, Connie Smith, Jack "Cowboy" Clement and Kris Kristofferson.
When the singer was introduced to the audience, they were asked to pretend they were in the singer's living room and he was playing just for them. Kenny made that assumption into reality. He was personable and chatty, pausing to tell stories between songs and joke with the audience. Dressed in a white shirt and jeans, Kenny admitted to being nervous because of the intimacy of the event. His seven-piece band was excellent and versatile, playing everything from a flute to mandolin while accompanying the singer.
The Houston native chose "Something's Burning" to open the evening, followed by "Reuben James," before stopping