Kenny Rogers is one of those musicians who even if people don’t like country music and don’t know anything about it, they will probably know Kenny Rogers. That’s one of the many reasons I’ll be sad to see him leave when he officially retires after his next world tour in 2016. But what prompted Rogers’ seemingly sudden desire to call it quits? Turns out the new music on the radio is at least partially to blame.
“I think country music is whatever country people will buy,” Kenny tells Variety when asked about today’s country music. “And I think people don’t buy certain kinds of country anymore. So what happens is that in their efforts to do something different, to set themselves apart from me and the other guys before me, they took it to a different place. Country is very healthy right now – they’re bringing in a lot of kids. But it’s not a type of music that I prefer or that I would want to do, and that’s why I’m getting out.”
While that may sound sad, don’t worry too much about Rogers. He says despite being sort of run out of country music, he’s done pretty much everything he ever wanted to do.
“It might be a terrible thing to say, but I feel like I’ve done everything I set out to do,” he says. “I don’t really have any challenges unless I want to go out and compete with new country, and I don’t have any desire to do that.”
Hey, if nothing else, Kenny can always try what many retired celebrities these days do … reality T.V.!
Next up for the iconic singer, he will be honored tonight, Wednesday, December 2, at CMT’s “Artists Of The Year” special where he will be presented with the prestigious Artist of a Lifetime award presented by Ram Trucks. The live broadcast from Nashville will air nationwide on CMT at 8 p.m. ET/PT.