A Kenny and Dolly tribute

By Geoff Lee

August 9, 2017 2:17 PM

Vic Juba Community Theatre will present a well-timed tribute to country music legends Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, better known as Kenny and Dolly, when they sing together.
The Together Again show on Sept. 14 will provide the ultimate tribute to Kenny and Dolly, starring impersonators Marty Edwards and Wendy T, during a night of memorable hits.
The real Kenny and Dolly will perform together for the last time at Kenny’s retirement concert in Nashville, TN on Oct. 25.
Kenny Rogers is 78 years old.
“If people are fans of Kenny or Dolly, or both, or good music, they’re going to love this show,” said the 68-year-old Edwards during a phone interview from his home in Peachland, B.C.
“There’s solo Dolly tunes and solo Kenny, and of course, the finale of the show is a number of duets that we do.”
The show is presented by TCB Rock and Roll Legends in Edmonton and Schell Shock Entertainment in Kelowna, B.C.
“This is a top quality show —great band, all world class musicians,” said Edwards, who has spent almost two decades impersonating his idol Kenny.
He said the idea behind the show was to recreate the original Kenny and Dolly tour called the Real Love tour in 1983,” said Edwards.
That was when the two stars released their most famous “Islands in the Stream” duet.
Edwards said the audience will hear Kenny hits like “The Gambler” and “Lucille,” and Dolly classics like “9 to 5” and “Put A Little Love in Your Heart” along with their signature duet.
“You’ve got to do those; I think they’d lynch us if we didn’t,” said Edwards of the playlist.
“Everybody loves Kenny and everyone loves Dolly, but when they’re together it’s really magic.”
That’s the way Edwards describes his own professional relationship with Wendy T when they do Kenny and Dolly tributes.
“We’ve got a great chemistry on stage, and we’re friends outside of the show,” he said.
Edwards has met his idol Kenny in person before, and said the star has always been very complimentary to him as a credible impersonator.
He has been told he does bear a remarkable likeness to Kenny with the voice to go with it.
“I’ve always had the look,” he said even before he began to impersonate Kenny.
“I think of myself more of an ambassador for Kenny Rogers, always showing him in a good light and recreating his music.”
He said he and Wendy T usually do a meet and greet with the audience after their shows, and people constantly tell them they forgot how many great songs Kenny and Dolly had.
A portion of the proceeds from the show will be donated to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, with Kenny being a survivor of skin cancer and Edwards, a survivor of colon cancer.
Edwards had most of his colon removed in February, 2016, following a life-saving colonoscopy that led to the diagnosis.
“First of all I thought ‘am I ever going to survive’ and if I did, could I ever perform again,” he recalled after surgery.
“I am happy to say not only did I survive, but I’m back doing shows and I’m stronger than I was.”
He said he didn’t realize how the cancer was draining the life out of him.
“I’ve become a real Evangelist for early detection,” he said.

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