Country legend Kenny Rogers says the current state of country music has helped drive him to leave the music industry.
In a new interview with Variety, Rogers revealed that he believes the state of country music has changed signficantly, and not for the better.
“I think country music is whatever country people will buy. And I think people don’t buy certain kinds of country anymore. So what happens is that in their efforts to do something different, to set themselves apart from me and the other guys before me, they took it to a different place. Country is very healthy right now – they’re bringing in a lot of kids. But it’s not a type of music that I prefer or that I would want to do, and that’s why I’m getting out.”
The 77-year old has been performing and recording music for over 60 years, and says that he feels like he’s already accomplished all of the career goals he set for himself.
“It might be a terrible thing to say, but I feel like I’ve done everything I set out to do,” he says. “I don’t really have any challenges unless I want to go out and compete with new country, and I don’t have any desire to do that.”
Rogers is currently out on his national Once Again Its Christmas Tour, and says he will soon announce details of his farewell tour, which will kick off sometime in 2016.