Kenny Rogers Previews Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit

Kenny Rogers: Through the Years opens to the public Aug. 15.

photo by Carissa Riccardi

Kenny Rogers was the man of the hour as he welcomed industry executives, media and special guests to a preview of his upcoming exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Kenny Rogers: Through the Years, Wednesday night (Aug. 13). The exhibit features memorabilia and artifacts from Kenny’s career, including stage costumes, awards and album covers.

Before the opening ceremony, Kenny, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013, spoke with members of the press about the new exhibit. He confessed that family members and industry associates had to do most of the collecting.

“I am not a keeper or a saver,” Kenny noted. “I am really impressed with the detail of what they’ve done.” He added, “When you walk through, it’s kind of an eclectic experience,” referring to the variety of items displayed.

Among his favorites are costumes worn for the made-for-TV movies based on his megahit "The Gambler," and the assortment of cameras, reflecting his love of photography. 

Among the guests on hand were members of The First Edition, the band with which Kenny found his earliest recording success, Duane Allen of The Oak Ridge Boys and others.

After the opening remarks, Charlie Worsham took the stage to sing Kenny’s hit “Sweet Music Man,” followed by “The Gambler” songwriter Don Schlitz, who performed the tune for Kenny and the audience. 

As the opening ceremony concluded, guests were invited to take in the exhibit. 

Kenny Rogers: Through the Years will officially open at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Friday, Aug. 15, and run through June 14, 2015.

Pick up the Sept. 1 issue of Country Weekly, on newsstands Aug. 25, as Kenny reflects on his exhibit.

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