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You Can't Make Old Friends

Kenny Rogers

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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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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1
You Can't Make Old Friends (Duet with Dolly Parton) 00:03:58

DANN HUFF, Producer, Electric Guitar - STEVE MARCANTONIO, Mixer, Engineer - Doug Sax, Masterer - Paul Franklin, Guitar - Ilya Toshinsky, Acoustic Guitar - Eric Darken, Percussion - Dolly Parton, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Kenny Rogers, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Don Schlitz, Writer - Greg Morrow, Drums - Russell Terrell, Additional Engineer - Eric Boulanger, Masterer - J.T. Corenflos, Electric Guitar - Todd Tidwell, Engineer - Mike "Frog" Griffith, Co-ordinator Production - Charlie Judge, Piano, Strings, Synthesizer - Jimmie Sloas, Bass - Seth Morton, Assistant Engineer - Sean Neff, Digital Editor - SHAWN DAUGHERTY, Assistant Engineer - Caitlyn Smith, Writer - Mike Lancaster, Assistant Engineer - Ryan Hanna King, Writer

2013 Warner Music Nashville LLC and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. 2013 Warner Music Nashville LLC

2
All I Need Is One 00:03:31

Allen Shamblin, Writer - Marc Beeson, Writer - Dan Dugmore, Guitar - DANN HUFF, Producer, Electric Guitar - STEVE MARCANTONIO, Mixer, Engineer - Doug Sax, Masterer - Ilya Toshinsky, Acoustic Guitar - Eric Darken, Percussion - Kenny Rogers, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Greg Morrow, Drums - Russell Terrell, Additional Engineer, Background Vocals - Eric Boulanger, Masterer - J.T. Corenflos, Electric Guitar - Todd Tidwell, Engineer - Mike "Frog" Griffith, Co-ordinator Production - Charlie Judge, Keyboards - Jimmie Sloas, Bass - Seth Morton, Assistant Engineer - Sean Neff, Digital Editor - SHAWN DAUGHERTY, Assistant Engineer - Mike Lancaster, Assistant Engineer

2013 Warner Music Nashville LLC and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. 2013 Warner Music Nashville LLC

3
You Had to Be There 00:04:00

Dan Dugmore, Guitar - DANN HUFF, Producer, Electric Guitar - STEVE MARCANTONIO, Mixer, Engineer - Doug Sax, Masterer - Casey Beathard, Writer - Ilya Toshinsky, Acoustic Guitar - Eric Darken, Percussion - Gordon Mote, Piano - Kenny Rogers, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Greg Morrow, Drums - Russell Terrell, Additional Engineer, Background Vocals - Eric Boulanger, Masterer - J.T. Corenflos, Electric Guitar - Todd Tidwell, Engineer - Mike "Frog" Griffith, Co-ordinator Production - Charlie Judge, Keyboards - Jimmie Sloas, Bass - Seth Morton, Assistant Engineer - Sean Neff, Digital Editor - SHAWN DAUGHERTY, Assistant Engineer - Kenneth Wright, Writer - Mike Lancaster, Assistant Engineer

2013 Warner Music Nashville LLC and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. 2013 Warner Music Nashville LLC

4
'Merica 00:03:44

John Jarvis, Piano - Clayton Ivey, Organ, Electric Piano - Nicole Witt, Writer - Michael Rhodes, Bass - Tania Hancheroff, Background Vocals - STEVE MARCANTONIO, Engineer - Doug Sax, Masterer - Brent Mason, Electric Guitar - John Willis, Acoustic Guitar - Eric Darken, Percussion - KYLE LEHNING, Producer, Mixer - Kenny Rogers, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Greg Morrow, Drums - Eric Boulanger, Masterer - Vicki Hampton, Background Vocals - Pat Buchanan, Electric Guitar - Cindy Walker, Background Vocals - Justin Francis, Assistant Engineer - Perry Coleman, Background Vocals - Russ Pahl, Guitar - Nick Spezia, Assistant Engineer - Warren Hartman, Producer - Corey Crowder, Writer - Jordan Lehning, Engineer - Ryan Carr, Engineer - Cindy Walker Richardson, Background Vocals - Ben Caver, Writer - Kevin Sokolniki, Engineer

2013 Warner Music Nashville LLC and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. 2013 Warner Music Nashville LLC

5
Turn This World Around 00:04:32

John Jarvis, Electric Piano, Wurlitzer - Clayton Ivey, Organ - Andrew Dorff, Writer - Michael Rhodes, Bass - Jason Reeves, Writer - Tania Hancheroff, Background Vocals - STEVE MARCANTONIO, Engineer - Doug Sax, Masterer - Brent Mason, Electric Guitar - John Willis, Acoustic Guitar - Eric Darken, Percussion - KYLE LEHNING, Producer, Mixer - Kenny Rogers, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Greg Morrow, Drums - Eric Boulanger, Masterer - Vicki Hampton, Background Vocals - Pat Buchanan, Electric Guitar - Justin Francis, Assistant Engineer - Perry Coleman, Background Vocals - Nick Spezia, Assistant Engineer - Warren Hartman, Producer, Keyboards - Eric Paslay, Writer, Background Vocals - Jordan Lehning, Engineer - Ryan Carr, Engineer - Cindy Walker Richardson, Background Vocals - Kevin Sokolniki, Engineer

2013 Warner Music Nashville LLC and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. 2013 Warner Music Nashville LLC

6
Dreams of the San Joaquin 00:06:06

Will Robinson, Consultant - Randy Sharp, Writer - Tania Hancheroff, Background Vocals - STEVE MARCANTONIO, Engineer - Doug Sax, Masterer - Bryan Sutton, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin - Larry Hall, Strings - Jason Eskridge, Background Vocals - John Willis, Electric Guitar - Eric Darken, Percussion - Steve Brewster, Drums - KYLE LEHNING, Producer, Mixer - Kenny Rogers, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Eric Boulanger, Masterer - Vicki Hampton, Background Vocals - Tony Harrell, Keyboards - Justin Francis, Assistant Engineer - JEFF TAYLOR, Accordion - Robert Bailey, Background Vocals - Nick Spezia, Assistant Engineer - Jack Wesley Routh, Writer - Viktor Krauss, Bass - Warren Hartman, Producer, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Strings - Steve Glassmeyer, Background Vocals - Michael Mishaw, Background Vocals - Jordan Lehning, Engineer, Background Vocals - Ryan Carr, Engineer - Cindy Walker Richardson, Background Vocals - Gene Sisk, Background Vocals - Kevin Sokolniki, Engineer

2013 Warner Music Nashville LLC and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. 2013 Warner Music Nashville LLC

7
Don't Leave Me in the Night Time (feat. Buckwheat Zydeco) 00:02:51

John Jarvis, Piano - Clayton Ivey, Organ - Michael Rhodes, Bass - STEVE MARCANTONIO, Engineer - Buckwheat Zydeco, Accordion, FeaturedArtist - Doug Sax, Masterer - Brent Mason, Electric Guitar - Jim Horn, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Arrangement Horn - John Willis, Acoustic Guitar - Eric Darken, Percussion - Steve Brewster, Drums - KYLE LEHNING, Producer, Mixer - Kenny Rogers, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Don Schlitz, Writer - Eric Boulanger, Masterer - PAUL OVERSTREET, Writer - Pat Buchanan, Electric Guitar - Troy Johnson, Background Vocals - Justin Francis, Assistant Engineer - Perry Coleman, Background Vocals - Nick Spezia, Assistant Engineer - Warren Hartman, Producer - Jordan Lehning, Engineer - Ryan Carr, Engineer - Kevin Sokolniki, Engineer

2013 Warner Music Nashville LLC and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. 2013 Warner Music Nashville LLC

8
Look at You 00:03:57

Allen Shamblin, Writer - John Jarvis, Electric Piano - Mike Reid, Writer - Clayton Ivey, Organ - Michael Rhodes, Bass - STEVE MARCANTONIO, Engineer - Doug Sax, Masterer - Brent Mason, Electric Guitar - Bryan Sutton, Acoustic Guitar - John Willis, Acoustic Guitar - Eric Darken, Percussion - Steve Brewster, Drums - KYLE LEHNING, Producer, Mixer - Kenny Rogers, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Eric Boulanger, Masterer - Pat Buchanan, Electric Guitar - Justin Francis, Assistant Engineer - Perry Coleman, Background Vocals - Russ Pahl, Guitar - Nick Spezia, Assistant Engineer - Warren Hartman, Producer, Keyboards - Jordan Lehning, Engineer - Ryan Carr, Engineer - Kevin Sokolniki, Engineer

2013 Warner Music Nashville LLC and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. 2013 Warner Music Nashville LLC

9
Neon Horses 00:04:31

John Hobbs, Keyboards - Ronnie Samoset, Writer - Dave Loggins, Writer - Tania Hancheroff, Background Vocals - STEVE MARCANTONIO, Engineer - Doug Sax, Masterer - Ilya Toshinsky, Acoustic Guitar - Eric Darken, Percussion - KYLE LEHNING, Producer, Mixer - Kenny Rogers, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Greg Morrow, Drums - Eric Boulanger, Masterer - Vicki Hampton, Background Vocals - Pat Buchanan, Electric Guitar - Justin Francis, Assistant Engineer - Perry Coleman, Background Vocals - Russ Pahl, Guitar - Nick Spezia, Assistant Engineer - Warren Hartman, Producer - Jordan Lehning, Engineer - Ryan Carr, Engineer - Cindy Walker Richardson, Background Vocals - Michael Brignardello, Bass - Kevin Sokolniki, Engineer

2013 Warner Music Nashville LLC and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. 2013 Warner Music Nashville LLC

10
When You Love Someone 00:03:41

Gretchen Peters, Writer - DANN HUFF, Producer, Electric Guitar - STEVE MARCANTONIO, Mixer, Engineer - BRYAN ADAMS, Writer - Doug Sax, Masterer - Paul Franklin, Guitar - JT Corenflos, Electric Guitar - Ilya Toshinsky, Acoustic Guitar - Eric Darken, Percussion - Michael Kamen, Writer - Gordon Mote, Piano - Kenny Rogers, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Greg Morrow, Drums - Russell Terrell, Additional Engineer, Background Vocals - Eric Boulanger, Masterer - Todd Tidwell, Engineer - Mike "Frog" Griffith, Co-ordinator Production - Charlie Judge, Keyboards, Strings - Jimmie Sloas, Bass - Seth Morton, Assistant Engineer - Sean Neff, Digital Editor - SHAWN DAUGHERTY, Assistant Engineer - Mike Lancaster, Assistant Engineer

2013 Warner Music Nashville LLC and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. 2013 Warner Music Nashville LLC

11
It's Gonna Be Easy Now 00:03:45

John Hobbs, Keyboards - Wes Hightower, Background Vocals - STEVE MARCANTONIO, Engineer - Doug Sax, Masterer - Ilya Toshinsky, Acoustic Guitar - Bryan Sutton, Banjo, Mandolin - Jason Eskridge, Background Vocals - Eric Darken, Percussion - KYLE LEHNING, Producer, Mixer - Kenny Rogers, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Dan Seals, Writer - Greg Morrow, Drums - Eric Boulanger, Masterer - Pat Buchanan, Electric Guitar - Justin Francis, Assistant Engineer - Robert Bailey, Background Vocals - Nick Spezia, Assistant Engineer - Warren Hartman, Producer, Percussion - Michael Mishaw, Background Vocals - Jordan Lehning, Engineer - Ryan Carr, Engineer - Michael Brignardello, Bass - Kevin Sokolniki, Engineer

2013 Warner Music Nashville LLC and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. 2013 Warner Music Nashville LLC

Album Description

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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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