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December 17, 2013

Kenny Rogers isn't slowing down

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Q: When people stop you to talk about music and your career, is there always talk about what their favorite song is and where they've seen you perform?

A: I get that every night ... (my sons) took their first drum lesson the other day, and their teacher sent me an email that said, "The first concert I ever went to was your concert in Fort Lauderdale, Fla." And I thought that was so cool. I have people every night that will say, "Your concert was the first concert I ever went to." In the show I tell people that I'm convinced my audience consists of two groups of people now: people born since 1980 whose parents forced them to listen to my music as child abuse and people born before the 1960s who can no longer remember the '60s.

Q: This is the third time you and Dolly have been nominated together for a Grammy. Is there ever a point where this becomes old hat or is it always exciting?

A: It's always exciting because of the unknown. The older you get and the further away from your big success you get, the more interesting these things become. After a while, what you're doing is trying for history, and I think that's what happens with me now at this point. Our last album ... was my 23rd Top 10 album, and that's history.

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