Cracker Barrel Releases Another Top-Selling Country Album, This Time With Kenny Rogers!

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I'm sorry, but I can't get enough of Cracker Barrel, the Denny's of the South that's now turning into the Grand Ole Opry of chain restaurants. Actually, I'm not sorry: It's releasing some good jams, available exclusively at its restaurants, none of which are in California. It was the Grascals earlier this year, with their bluegrass-charts-topping record; now it's the Gambler himself, Kenny Rogers!
His record: The Love of God, a collection of Christian hymns and contemporary Christian music. Rogers could probably get a best-seller hawking albums on the 127 Garage Sale, but the Cracker Barrel connection didn't help: the album debuted at the No. 8 slot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, No. 2 on the Top Christian Albums chart, and No. 31 on the overall Billboard 200.

Good for you, Kenny! But we're still waiting for an exclusive-to-Cracker-Barrel album of you and another Cracker Barrel artist: Dolly . . .

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"Cracker Barrel, the Denny's of the South"?!

It may be Hoke City, but Cracker Barrel is oodles of magnitude above Denny's, IHOP, and all those other poorly run crap-cages of the unconscious diner. For an inexpensive chain, CB is, in fact, great -- the grits, real country ham, red-eye gravy, biscuits, pecan pancakes or waffles with individual small bottles of maple syrup, BBQ beef sandwiches, chicken with dumplings, greens, pinto beans with ham, .... and a truly hokey old-time store that sells, not only the moral (and, probably, physical) equivalent of Velvet Elvis, but also Valomilks, pecan logs, and other candies of youth and longing. If I go anywhere near the closest Cracker Barrel state, Arizona, I always stop at a CB and bring as much home as I can. I've even been to the one in Naples, FL, where something dreadful happened to three employees on the morning of November 15, 1995. R.I.P.

On a Saturday or Sunday morning around the country, it takes an hour or more to get a table at a CB, and everyone thinks it's worth it. Imagine the business they could do at a branch near Disneyland, with all the visitors and locals from the Midwest and South. If you want one of them there Cracker Barrels, too, go to the Web site ( ), click the link, and tell them you'd love to see a Cracker Barrel in Southern California. Your friends and family will be forever grateful.

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