Kenny Rogers Adds New CD To Cracker Barrel's Menu

August 26, 2008 3:08 PM ET

Paul McCartney had Starbucks,the Eagles and >AC/DC have Wal-Mart and now country (and chicken) icon Kenny Rogers has linked up with the Cracker Barrel. Starting today, if you're fortunate enough to reside near one of those Old Country Stores, you can pick up a copy of Rogers' 50 Years along with their restaurant's famed "homemade chicken n' dumplins." The twelve-song set includes three brand new songs as well as nine of the Gambler's greatest hits. "I want to go on record saying that I think that what Cracker Barrel is doing with its exclusive music program is a great opportunity for me and for other artists." said Rogers. "I'm thrilled that they gave me the opportunity to create this album exclusively for their guests. In this business, where the Internet has become so important, to reach individual people shopping at Cracker Barrel is such a great gift." Cracker Barrel isn't new to the exclusive release arena, having already sold albums by Alison Krauss, Amy Grant and Charlie Daniels.

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