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Kenny Rogers Reflects on Friendship and Explores Different Sounds on "You Can't Make Old Friends"

Warner Bros. RecordsKenny Rogers' new album, You Can't Make Old Friends, is now in stores featuring a duet with Dolly Parton on the title track.  The song celebrates the two country stars' decades-long friendship that began with their 1983 hit "Islands in the Stream."

Rogers tells ABC News Radio, "I love the fact that we had the chance to document our relationship."

Kenny says that having Parton sing with him on "You Can't Make Old Friends" made him step up his game in the vocal department, too.

"I've always been convinced that duets are better than singles because you sing a song as best you think it can, and then someone comes in and sings it better, and you go, 'Oops, I need to change my part,'" he explains.  "So, she just killed it.  So, I went back and kind of did some things on mine."

Beyond the title cut, Rogers explores country, pop and even Cajun-influenced zydeco sounds on the new album.  Tackling those different musical styles was a creative challenge for him, but it also made appealed to him from a business perspective too.

"There's only two ways I can compete in this business," Kenny maintains.  "I can do what everybody else is doing and do it better, and I don't like my chances of doing that.  Or I can do something no else is doing, and you don't invite comparison.  So, that's where I chose to go."

Look for Rogers to promote You Can't Make Old Friends with an appearance on The Rachael Ray Show this Friday.

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