Kris Kristofferson, Zac Brown Band, Merle Haggard,
The Eagles, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Brad Paisley,
John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, AC/DC,
Jeffery Steele, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Def Leppard,
ZZ Topp, Bob Seger, Johnny Cash, Aerosmith,
That moment came when his longtime friend Kristi Hanson died of a brain aneurysm at age 35. Kenny tells People Country, "You realize it could all end in a second. And if it all went away just like that, did I do everything I wanted to do, did I say everything I wanted to say?"
Kristi was part of a group of friends Kenny met when he began hanging out in the U.S. Virgin Islands back in the early '90s. "Happy on the Hey Now" -- a song on his Life on the Rock album -- is dedicated to her.
The new issue of People Country, featuring Kenny on the cover, hits newsstands on Friday.