Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Re­becca Dargie

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.

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