The Ottumwa Courier


December 17, 2013

Kenny Rogers isn't slowing down

OTTUMWA — It's been a busy time for Grammy award-winning artist Kenny Rogers, and he shows no signs of slowing down.

At 75 years old, Rogers has been nominated for another Grammy with Dolly Parton for their new song "You Can't Make Old Friends." He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October. He received the CMA WIllie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in November. And he has new books, a new album and a television special all out at the same time.

Rogers will also be awarded an honorary Masters of Photography by the Professional Photographers of America in January. He has published three books of his photography and is working on a fourth.

If that wasn't enough, he is also in the midst of his 32nd annual Christmas tour. The county music legend will bring his 2013 "Christmas and Hits Through the Years" show to Ottumwa Friday. Beginning at 8 p.m. at the Bridge View Center, the first half of the show will be filled with Rogers' classic hits, while the second half will celebrate the Christmas season. His special guest is Linda Davis.

Reserved seats to the performance are $62.50 and $42.50. For more information, call 641-684-7000.

Rogers recently spoke to the Courier about all of the the excitement in his life right now.

Q: Where does your induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame rank in your career of accomplishments?

A: It's like I said that night for my acceptance speech, artists come and go. I don't care who you are, you come and you go. Music comes and goes, but the Hall of Fame is forever. I think that's something really exciting. I have identical twin boys who are 9 years old now, and I took them with me up there. I don't know if they fully got the scope of it, but I think they saw that it was a pretty big deal. As they get older, they'll really be able to appreciate it.

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