The Roaster Meets Cracker Barrel
Perhaps it was inevitable: Allen Parkway Village native Kenny Rogers, who owned his own chain of rotesserie-chicken restaraunts in the '90s and shall forever after be known as "The Roaster," has partnered with home-cooking restaraunt franchise Cracker Barrel (mmm... that's good eatin') to release a greatest-hits CD, Kenny Rogers: 50 Years. The disc is available exclusively at Cracker Barrels nationwide starting today; there are seven Cracker Barrels in the Houston area.
Besides Rogers staples such as "Lucille" and "The Gambler," 50 Years also includes three new songs produced by Nashville ace Tony Brown (George Strait, Reba McEntire, Steve Earle): "She'll Believe in You" - not to be confused with the Roaster's 1979 hit "She Believes in Me" - "Something's Wrong In Vegas" and "Only Time Will Tell," not to be confused with Asia's 1982 hit of the same name.
"Kenny Rogers Jackass," from Fox's Mad TV
The Davis High School graduate is currently working the casino circuit; he'll be at the Choctaw Grounds & Amphitheatre in Tuskahoma, Oklahoma (about 200 miles northeast of Dallas) Saturday night if you feel like driving up. More famous in recent years for his radical plastic surgery than his music, Rogers last broke the Top 20 with 2005's "I Can't Unlove You," which reached No. 17 on Billboard's country singles chart.
The Roaster owned Kenny Rogers Roasters, which once numbered over 350 franchises on several continents, from its 1991 inception until it was absorbed by hot-dog giant Nathan's in 1998. According to Wikipedia , there is exactly one Kenny Rogers Roasters still open, in Ontario, California. Of course, the chain inspired one of the funniest episodes of Seinfeld ever, which you can see here , here , here and here . No word yet if Cracker Barrel will add Rogers' chicken to the menu, but Kramer sure wouldn't have a problem with that. - Chris Gray
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