While conducting a farewell tour before retirement, country music crooner Kenny Rogers spoke approvingly of presidential candidate Donald Trump. “I really like him. I think his problem is that he says what everyone wants to hear, but he doesn’t say it well. I love what he says, I have to admit,” said Rogers.
 
He added, “He believes everything he says: whether he’s right or not, he says what everybody fears. My older sons laugh at me when I tell them that. They are Democrats that live in California – there’s no hope for them. They’ll vote for Hillary no matter what she does. She’s a friend of mine, I’m not trashing her.”
 
Currently on tour and promoting a new album called Once Again It’s Christmas, he spoke in the interview about the theme park he plans to build near Atlanta, Georgia, as well as the observance of Christmas. Noting how times have changed since he started singing in the 1960s with his band The Second Edition, Rogers said of country music, “The business has changed. I used to go out and do concerts to promote record sales, now you cut records to promote concerts. It’s a different world.”
 
Among his recent work is a duet with blue-grass/crossover singer and fiddler Alison Krause. With Krause – who has collaborated with singers such as Robert Plant and Emmylou Harris – Rogers recorded “Some Children See Him.” He said in the interview that this is the last tour he plans to make.
 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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