WATCH: Blake Shelton Covers Kenny Rogers’ ‘The Gambler’ in 2006 Performance

by Atlanta Northcutt

A young Blake Shelton “knows when to hold ’em and knows when to fold ’em” while paying tribute to country singer Kenny Rogers.

Honoring Kenny Rogers

In November 2006, Shelton performs a live cover of the iconic Grammy-winning song “The Gambler.”

Shelton was part of an ensemble of famous country musicians, including Trisha Yearwood and Dierks Bentley, honoring the Country Music Hall of Famer.

The country artists recorded their own versions of Rogers’ most famous and award-winning songs for a Cracker Barrel CD. “Sunday Morning Comin’ Down,” “Murder on Music Row” and “Back Home Again” are some of the other songs on the 12-track CD.

The performance took place in front of a live audience, and later aired on GAC.

Blake Shelton & “The Gambler”

“Thinking about Kenny Rogers tonight and remembered this. He was there that night,” Shelton tweeted in April when sharing the video.

One user replied: “@blakeshelton You did Kenny so proud that night. I’m sure he never forgot. RIP Kenny.”

With another commenting: “Haven’t had the pleasure of seeing Mr Blake Shelton in concert however I did see Mr Kenny Rogers in concert. His voice was one of a kind.”

Rogers died “peacefully at home,” on March 20 at the age of 81 after a period of illness. A statement says Rogers was surrounded by his loved ones at home, where he had been in hospice care. He died due to natural causes.

About Rogers

Although Kenny was already a successful country music artist, “The Gambler” skyrocketed him into worldwide fame and the album became Rogers’ fourth No. 1 hit.

Rogers then went on to star in TV movies, and he even became the face and name of a restaurant chain.

“I think I’ve had songs that are bigger in sales, but none that are bigger in identity for me,” says Rogers. “I go to Korea, and people say, ‘Oooh, “The Gambler.” And it’s really sweet. It’s really cute. I think those are career-making songs.”