On Sunday, (October 27) Kenny Rogers will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and he couldn’t be happier to share the experience with his family.
“I’m so glad it’s happening now rather than at the peak of my success because I’m not sure I could have appreciated it as much then,” he told Radio.com. “Hits come and go but the Hall of Fame is forever. There’s only 130 people in there. That’s pretty rare air.”
Alongside Rogers at this weekend’s celebration in Nashville will be his wife and nine-year-old twin sons as well as his brothers and sisters and two older sons. His family is important to him and when discussing “You Had to Be There,” a track on his latest album You Can’t Make Old Friends, he said it’s a song that struck a chord with him personally. A somber tale about a misguided child who winds up in jail after his father abandoned him years before, Rogers took the song to heart upon first listen.
“There’s a fine line between being driven and being selfish. When you want success so bad that you become selfish. I think I really hurt some of my earlier marriages because I was so driven and I don’t want to do that in this case,” he said. “I really want to be there for my boys. The song touched me because I hadn’t been there for my two older sons.”
In addition to story songs of love and family comes title track, “You Can’t Make Old Friends,” which features Dolly Parton. She is not only a collaborator on the song, but someone Rogers calls a great example of an old friend.
“Thirty years ago this year we had ‘Islands in the Stream.’ This is the first time in 10, 15 years we had even seen each other. It was great to go back into the studio with her,” he said.
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