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Rogers becomes Hall of Fame resident

Thursday, March 29, 2012 – Kenny Rogers will take residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame as 2012 Artist-in-Residence. Rogers will present two intimate evening performances on May 9 and 10.

Established in 2003, the museum's residency program annually honors a musical master who can be credited with contributing a large and significant body of work to the canon of American popular music. Honorees are encouraged to lend their own creative brushstrokes to an up-close-and-personal musical experience. Previous honorees include Cowboy Jack Clement, Earl Scruggs, Tom T. Hall, Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Buddy Miller and Connie Smith.

"Kenny Rogers is the consummate entertainer," said Museum Director Kyle Young. "As a member of a band or duo or as a solo artist, he has conquered the jazz, folk, pop and country worlds - not to mention his success as an actor and photographer. Kenny has the gift of telling stories and making you believe he lived them. We are thrilled that he will help us celebrate the 10th anniversary of our artist-in-residence program by bringing his stories and songs to the Ford Theater for two unique shows."

Rogers is beginning work on a new album and finishing his autobiography, scheduled for release later this year.

Residency event tickets can be purchased by museum members at a discounted rate of $40 per show beginning Tuesday, April 3, at 10 a.m. on www.countrymusichalloffame.org. Tickets will go on sale for $50 per show to the general public at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 5. Tickets sales, limited to four tickets per show, are available on a first come, first served basis and are non-refundable.

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Water and Bridges CD review - Water and Bridges
Kenny Rogers' first studio album in three years finds his gifts undiminished, with his voice resounding distinctively atop Dann Huff's country-tinged adult contemporary productions. The material sticks to the sort of contemplative mid-tempo numbers on which Rogers excels, and though the opening single (the power ballad "I Can't Unlove You") is lyrically pedestrian, there are songwriting riches to be found throughout. Walt Wilkins and Davis Raines' "Someone Somewhere Tonight" hits a high point »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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