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One of the best-selling artists of all time will be stopping in Cranbrook to brighten up the winter.

Kenny Rogers, renowned for pop-country hits like "The Gambler," "Lucille," "Lady," and "Coward of the County," will be playing Western Financial Place in Cranbrook on February 26, 2014.

Rogers' Cranbrook concert will be in support of his latest album — his 32nd — titled "You Can't Make Old Friends."

Though he has been most successful with country audiences, he has charted more than 120 hit singles across various music genres, topped the country and pop album charts for more than 200 individual weeks, and has sold over 130 million records worldwide, making him one of the highest-selling artists of all time.

Tickets go on sale at Western Financial Place Friday Nov. 22, at 10 a.m.

“We are thrilled to have an artist of this magnitude come to the East Kootenay”, said FJ Hurtak, from the Kootenay Concert Connection.

“At the recent Country Music Awards in Edmonton, my partner, Gene Daniel  from Nanaimo and I heard that Kenny Rogers may be touring Canada in 2014. We had a meeting with his agent during that week to explore the possibilities of having them make Cranbrook a part of the tour.

“To make a long story short, things developed very nicely, to the point where we contacted Chris New and Mike Edwards at Western Financial Place to hold some dates, to make sure the venue was available. It was, as the Kootenay Ice are on the road during that time period, and then all parties worked closely for a few weeks to put this concert together.”

Kenny Rogers, originally from Texas, began his long illustrious career in the 1950s. He achieved considerable success with his band The First Edition, formed in 1967 (later renamed “Kenny Rogers and The First Edition”). After a decade with that group, Rogers left to start a solo career.

What followed was a string of number one hits, including “Lucille,” “Coward of the County,” and “The Gambler” — the latter perhaps one of the most recognizable songs in the world.

Roger’s awards over the years include thee Grammys, 11 Peoples Choice Awards, 18 American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music awards, five Country Music Association Awards, and on Nov. 6 of this year he received the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement award honour at the 47th Annual CMA awards in Nashville.

Just before that in October, Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

“This show will feature a stage which will face the luxury boxes and have seating only on one side of the arena for best possible audio quality, such as the Randy Travis show had a couple of years ago,” Hurtak said. “Only 1,750 seats will be sold for this show, so I advise getting your tickets very early to avoid disappointment.”

The Kenny Rogers “Through the Years 2014 World tour” with special guest Canada’s own Charlie Major, Feb. 26, 2014, at 7;30 p.m. at Western Financial Place in Cranbrook. Media sponsors include the Daily Townsman and EZ Rock. Sound and lights by PB Pro Audio.

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