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Kenny Rogers Teams With Dolly Parton Again, 30 Years After "Islands In The Stream"

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"You Can't Make Old Friends," or at least that's what Kenny Rogers would have you believe based on the title of his upcoming album. However, Rogers will be remaking old musical acquaintances when he sings the title track with one of his oldest duet pals, Dolly Parton.

Rogers and Parton first sang a duet together 30 years ago, when the country stars teamed up for "Islands in The Stream," a single off of Rogers' album "Eyes That See in the Dark." The track, a cover of a 1978 Bee Gees track, went to no. 1 on the country charts.

"What a thrill it was for me to work again with my buddy Dolly Parton, and what a special song," Rogers said. "Working with Dolly is always a little like going home."

"You Can't Make Old Friends" will of course be primarily country, but Rogers promises to blend in some Southwest-tinged music and zydeco as well.

"The musical diversity is extraordinary," Kenny says. "We chose what I think are the most diverse and best songs I've ever had access to."

Rogers will begin his annual "Christmas & Hits" tour on December 1, but unfortunately Parton won't be able to join him. He did, however, manage to book Linda Davis, an established country songstress in her own right as well as the mother of Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott.

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