Kenny Rogers On Alpacas, Gambling & Why He Loves Dolly | Southern Living

Kenny Rogers On Alpacas, Gambling & Why He Loves Dolly | Southern Living


I don’t gamble because I found out
I can’t win enough to excite me,
but I can lose enough to depress me, so I just don’t.
I fold them at all times.
There’s something about people from the South.
There’s a genuineness about them.
They talk to you and you don’t feel like
that they’re talking to you for any other reason
other than they really care about you, and I love that.
My favorite childhood memories?
I was raised in the projects in Houston,
and I remember when I was a little boy
I was going to school, I used to walk to school.
And I walked through one of the most
expensive parts of Houston.
I used to see these houses that had automatic sprinklers,
and I always thought that was so cool.
I thought if I ever get old enough to do it,
I’m gonna have auto sprinklers.
I like macaroni and cheese, I think that’s pretty good.
My mom used to make pinto beans with rice,
that was good, too.
I struggle with this, I have identical twin boys,
they’re 12 years old, and I have trouble relating
to their point of view.
I get irritated too quick and I don’t realize
they’re still 12.
That I helped as many people as I could along the way
throughout my career.
And some very special people that I’ve met.
I don’t know, I told my twins, they said,
“What are you gonna do when you retire?”
And I said, “I don’t know, I thought I would
“quit making music and come home and
“spend all my time with you.”
And they both went, “Oh, no.”
So apparently that wasn’t a good idea. (laughs)
They’re talking to me about it.
I don’t really have any interest in doing it
cuz the problem is once you do an album,
you have to go out and promote it.
And I’m just, I’m too tired for that.
We bought a llama and a goat and something else,
I had a farm in Athens, Georgia.
We bought these animals and I though llamas would be–
after a surgery, on my oxycontin,
and things were a bit blurry with me.
I was watching a show, and they said,
“I love alpacas,” and I turned to my wife and I said,
“I think I do.”
And so we ordered three of them,
and by the time they got there, it was really fun,
I mean I enjoyed them, but then they spit on me
and I said alright, take them out.
We were in Georgia, we had to build a shed for them
and then air condition it and then put water,
it was a lot of trouble.
We were doing You Can’t Make Old Friends,
and I looked up at her, and she wasn’t at her microphone.
She had left her microphone and came into
my part of the studio.
She put her arms around my neck and she said,
“Kenny, I think you should know,
“I could never sing at your funeral.”
And I went (laughs), so we’re assuming I’m going first,
is that what you’re saying?
But I love her, I love her for that.
You never know what she’s gonna say,
but it always comes from love.
It’s never anger and it’s never revenge.
It’s always love.

8 thoughts on “Kenny Rogers On Alpacas, Gambling & Why He Loves Dolly | Southern Living”

  1. What's wrong with his mouth? It seems he has trouble articulating and is fumbling on words 🙁 … Nothing serious, I hope

  2. Kenny sounds like there's something wrong with his speech. Maybe Parkinson's or MS. Years ago I read his book, ''Making it in Music''. He had some great advice for musicians. He talked about the 5 year cycle of success in music that he was lucky enough to go thru 3 times. I never realized that is was a cycle where you have a hit, play the best clubs, then the big state fairs, have more hits, play the stadiums, then for reasons unknown, they stop playing your records, and you do the 1500 seat joints, back to the fairs and wind up in the small clubs oldy shows or if your real lucky, you continue playing the 1500 seat theaters.

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