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Legendary Kenny Rogers for Cavan concert date

Wednesday, 15th October, 2008 10:00am

Story by Tom Kelly
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Raglane Entertainment is proud to announce a further Irish date for the legendary Kenny Rogers at Cavan Equestrian Centre on Friday March 20 next.

Tickets at €65 including booking fee, will be on-sale from 9am on Friday October 17, by calling 0818 300 277 or online at www.raglane.com. With more than 70 hit singles across various music genres and hundreds of awards including American Music Awards, Grammy Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards and Country Music Association Awards, Kenny Rogers is one of the most influential artists of all time. Success in recent years includes the Billboard Country Charts Top 5 album Water & Bridges.

By now, Kenny Rogers has become such an icon that it"s easy to forget how he got there. On his most recent compilation release, 42 Ultimate Hits, he brings together the top songs of his career from the late 60s First Edition years up to his current return to the charts, offering a crash-course reminder that Rogers is a star because he excels at his craft.  

Just look at the roll call of classic titles: "Lady", "Ruby Don"t Take Your Love to Town", "The Gambler", "She Believes in Me", "Islands in the Stream", "We"ve Got Tonight" and "Buy Me A Rose". Not a ditty among them. Then listen. The sweetly raspy vocals are instantly identifiable as Kenny Rogers - he sounds like nobody else. More importantly, he inhabits each song, making it vivid and tangible. For more than five decades, Rogers has delivered memorable songs, drawing fans among rock, pop, soul and country audiences. .  

When one singer makes such an indelible mark, that"s not mere luck or even simple talent. 'I really, really love what I"m doing,' Rogers says. 'People survive longer if they love what they"re doing. Because you just don"t quit.'  

Though theoretically a country singer, Rogers dominated the pop charts, consistently finding songs with universal appeal. 'I"ve never considered myself a great singer, but I am a great storyteller,' Rogers told Billboard magazine, also noting that he feels his strength as an artist is in finding great songs. In the 1980s he came to embody the role of the sensitive male, singing such romantic hits as "Through The Years", "She Believes In Me", "You Decorated My Life", and "Lady", the biggest song of his career. Those songs are classics today, sung at countless weddings, and even engraved on tombstones.  

'There are a lot of songs that may have initial success but don"t linger the period of time those songs have,' Rogers says. 'They do take a different value in your heart when they have that kind of staying power that represents your success and represents a feeling and a thought. A song like that becomes a part of your soul.'  

As the 1980s wound down, so did Rogers " chart success. Gone from the radio, Rogers kept busy in other ways. He would establish himself as a well-respected photographer, publishing several books, and being invited to the White House to shoot a portrait of First Lady Hillary Clinton. He authored several short stories, and appeared off-Broadway in his Christmas musical, The Toy Shoppe which he subsequently toured. And he never stopped making music.  

In 1999, after forming his own record company, Dreamcatcher Entertainment, Rogers found himself back on the country chart with a touching story song about a young boy playing baseball. When 'The Greatest' got radio and video airplay, it was greeted as a sweet comeback from a favourite bygone singer. When the follow-up, "Buy Me a Rose" hit #1 Rogers proved that his talent was just as vibrant and meaningful as it was when he first started out.  

For bookings Tel: 0818 300 277 or online at www.raglane.com. Admission: €65 including booking fee. Doors 7pm

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