You Can't Make Old Friends

You Can't Make Old Friends

by Kenny Rogers
     
 
A big-budget Kenny Rogers album is a rare thing in the new millennium. Live albums, Christian records, Cracker Barrel exclusives, and seasonal specials piled up with regularity, but only 2006's Water & Bridges -- a reflective country album released on Capitol Nashville -- qualified as an album with real chart aspirations and 2013's You Can't Make Old Friends

Overview

A big-budget Kenny Rogers album is a rare thing in the new millennium. Live albums, Christian records, Cracker Barrel exclusives, and seasonal specials piled up with regularity, but only 2006's Water & Bridges -- a reflective country album released on Capitol Nashville -- qualified as an album with real chart aspirations and 2013's You Can't Make Old Friends acts as its unofficial sequel, a heavily produced, heavily promoted record designed not to woo back country fans but his crossover audience. To that end, the centerpiece arrives first thing: a sticky, sentimental duet with Dolly Parton on "You Can't Make Old Friends," a song that hazily suggests fond memories of when they sang together on their 30-year-old hit "Islands in the Stream." This album isn't as powerfully melodic as the Bee Gees-written 1983 masterpiece Eyes That See in the Dark but it's surely in the same adult contemporary vein, emphasizing soft surfaces and sweet melodies. There are hints of roots music, arriving either in the incongruous Buckwheat Zydeco cameo on "Don't Leave Me in the Night Time" or the sung Spanish chorus on "Dreams of the San Joaquin," plus there's an undercurrent of red-state conservatism to some songs, culminating in the ersatz blues of "'Merica." These add layers to You Can't Make Old Friends but Kenny feels more comfortable when he's cruising down the middle of the road, singing songs that are as appealing for their feel as their form. Maybe the individual songs aren't so memorable but the overall experience is one smooth ride.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/08/2013
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624943143
catalogNumber:
536049
Rank:
28726

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny Rogers   Primary Artist,Vocals
Buckwheat Zydeco   Accordion,Overdubs
Dolly Parton   Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
Steve Brewster   Drums
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Steve Glassmeyer   Background Vocals
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Tony Harrell   Keyboards
Warren Hartman   Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
John Hobbs   Keyboards
Jim Horn   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Dann Huff   Electric Guitar
Clayton Ivey   Electric Piano,Hammond B3
John Jarvis   Piano,Electric Piano
Viktor Krauss   Bass
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Michael Mishaw   Background Vocals
Greg Morrow   Drums
Gordon Mote   Piano
Russ Pahl   Steel Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Gene Sisk   Background Vocals
Cindy Walder-Richardson   Background Vocals
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Robert Bailey   Background Vocals
Tania Hancheroff   Background Vocals
Jeff Taylor   Accordion
Jason Eskridge   Background Vocals
Larry Hall   Strings
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar
Jordan Lehning   Background Vocals
Troy Johnson   Background Vocals
Jimmie Sloas   Bass
Charlie Judge   Synthesizer,Strings,Keyboards
Eric Paslay   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Paul Overstreet   Composer
Dolly Parton   Duet
Dan Seals   Composer
Dave Loggins   Composer
Michael Kamen   Composer
Marc Beeson   Composer
Tony Daigle   Engineer
Warren Hartman   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Jim Horn   Saxophone Arrangement
Dann Huff   Producer
Kenny Rogers   Liner Notes
Kyle Lehning   Producer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Bruce Phillips   Counselling
Mike Reid   Composer
Allen Shamblin   Composer
Randy Sharp   Composer
Russell Terrell   Engineer
Gretchen Peters   Composer
Kenneth Wright   Composer
Andrew Dorff   Composer
Ronnie Samoset   Composer
Don Schlitz   Composer
Casey Beathard   Composer
Larry Hall   String Arrangements
Katherine Petillo   Art Direction
Jordan Lehning   Engineer
Todd Tidwell   Engineer
Jason Reeves   Composer
Caitlyn Smith   Composer
April Taylor   Publicity
Lisa Ray   Management
Corey Crowder   Composer
Kissy Black   Marketing
Greg Oswald   Booking
Eric Paslay   Composer
Nicole Witt   Composer
Kevin Sokolniki   Engineer
Ryan Carr   Engineer
Jason Henke   Management
Ben Caver   Composer
Jack Wesley Routh   Composer
Keith Hagan   Publicity
Kirt Webster   Publicity
Amanda Quinton   Marketing
Bob Burwell   Management
Ryan Hanna King   Composer
Kevin Levitan   Management

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