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You Can't Make Old Friends

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2013
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624943143
  • Catalog Number: 536049
  • Sales rank: 8,373

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 Jr. 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
Doug Sax Mastering
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
Sean Neff Digital Editing
Jason Reeves Composer
Caitlyn Smith Composer
April Taylor Publicity
Lisa Ray Management
Corey Crowder Composer
Kissy Black Marketing
Greg Oswald Booking
Eric Boulanger Mastering
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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