TRIBUTE ACT TAKING A GAMBLE
SEE KINGS OF COUNTRY ONSTAGE
IT’S a rare person who hasn’t heard the sage advice issued by a gambler on a train bound for nowhere, and probably sung along with gusto.
Aside from the country superstar himself, no-one has captured Kenny Rogers’ The Gambler as perfectly as Marty Edwards.
The Kenny Rogers impersonator makes up a third of the cover band Kings of Country, set to perform at Rooty Hill on October 9.
Edwards is joined by Phillip Bauer as Johnny Cash and Marion Deaton as Willie Nelson.
“This is a wonderful tribute band and we are all very faithful to the guys we play,” he said.
Edwards met Bauer and Deaton in Las Vegas seven years ago, and Kings of Country have been touring ever since.
As devoted fans of Cash, Nelson and Rogers will know, there is great disparity between their music – even within the shared genre of country. Asked how the three can share a stage given the contrast in their styles, Edwards said the vastly different sound made for a rich and varied show.
“Each of these characters could obviously do a whole performance by themselves, such is the number of hits they have,” he said. “For the Kings show, we do some of the biggest songs individually and some together.”
Edwards said he owed a lot to 77year-old Rogers, who he met in Montana after impersonating him at a July 4th street festival.
“It turned out that Kenny was having dinner in a restaurant on the street and got his producer to come and invite me to his own gig that night,” he said.
Kings of Country tribute show will pay homage to three of country music’s great talents at Rooty Hill RSL Club.