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To paraphrase his signature hit "The Gambler," Kenny Rogers knows how to hold 'em—an audience, that is. Kenny delighted a packed house at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, Wednesday night (Sept. 25), at the 16th Annual Concert for Cumberland Heights, a renowned treatment facility in Nashville. Proceeds from the concert will support the John Hiatt Fund for Adolescent Treatment at Cumberland Heights, which was started by the acclaimed singer/songwriter.
Kenny mixed his greatest hits, like "Love or Something Like It" and "Lucille," with witty banter and reflections about his career. Kenny will be welcomed as one of the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame at a special ceremony in Nashville in October.
During one portion of the show, Kenny started to sing the opening lines of "Someone Somewhere Tonight," the latest single by Kellie Pickler. At that point, Kellie entered the stage to a burst of applause and joined Kenny for a duet. Elsewhere in the show, Kenny acknowledged John Hiatt with a rendition of John's tune "Have a Little Faith in Me."
It's not a complete Kenny concert without "The Gambler," of course. Kenny performed the timeless hit against a video backdrop of scenes from the various Gambler TV movies. He closed out the show with a solo version of "Islands in the Stream," which Kenny originally recorded with Dolly Parton, and the romantic "Lady."