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Kenny Rogers talks memoirs, the Coen Brothers and the art of the duet



When Kenny Rogers comes to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Friday, he'll play some songs from The Love of God, his first spiritual album. He'll also play hits like Lady and Coward of the County.

But what we're really hoping for is a rendition of Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In), a quirky 1968 hit with his early band The First Edition. What Big Lebowski fan wouldn't want to hear that song live?

"That's a weird bunch of people over there, the Coen Brothers," Rogers says of Lebowski's directors. "That song is the closest you'll get to a 1967 acid flashback for the rest of your life." Strangely enough, the hit, written by Mickey Newbury, was originally intended for Sammy Davis Jr. "At the time, I thought, 'Oh gosh, it'd be worth it to hear that.' "

Rogers performs at 9 p.m. Friday at the Mahaffey Theater. Tickets are $50-$65. Click here for details.

For more of Sean Daly's interview with Kenny Rogers, including news on his upcoming memoir and his thoughts on working with Dolly Parton (who's also in town this weekend; maybe they'll cameo at each other's shows?), click here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 9:58am]


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