Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton Flirted for How Long?

Maybe it’s the rumor that just won’t go away: that country music icons Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton were romantically involved back in the day – at least since their 1983 duet “Islands in the Stream” climbed to the top of the charts and became the anthem of a generation. The rumor persisted for more than three decades, even as they recorded the single “You Can’t Make Old Friends” last year. >> Photos: 50+ Star Couples Who Still Have the Hots …

Willie Nelson’s Acoustic Exclusive Premieres on AARP

Willie Nelson‘s newest album, Band of Brothers, comes out on Tuesday, but he premieres this acoustic version of the title track exclusively on AARP’s YouTube channel today through Wednesday. Having released four albums since February 2012, Nelson is watching his career blossom in a way that must be the envy of  artists half his age: The Desperado-in-Chief of the “outlaw country music scene” turned 81 on April 29. >> Sign up for the AARP Leisure Newsletter Because Band of Brothers features 14 new …

Ray Price: King of the Honky Tonk Jukebox

Singer Ray Price once was Hank Williams’ protege, but he might have left an even bigger stamp on country music. Price, who died on Dec. 16 at age 87 in Mount Pleasant, Texas, was an amiable iconoclast – a bold experimenter who was never content to play it safe and just do what seemed to be popular at the time. Back in 1956, for example, Price decided to tinker with the then-standard country style of a 2/4 beat that emphasized …