- The Washington Times - Friday, February 16, 2018

Charlie Daniels. Kenny Rogers. Johnny Cash. Dolly Parton. William Shatner?

The 86-year-old actor who made Captain Kirk a science fiction giant on “Star Trek” is exploring a different frontier: country music.

“Cultural icon William Shatner has joined the Heartland Records Nashville roster of artists,” the label said in a statement Friday. “Mr. Shatner is currently working on a very special project that will be released later this year. This new project promises to be one of the most entertaining musical ventures to date for the Emmy Award-winning actor.

“[Mr. Shatner] is one of the most recognizable stars working today,” the statement said. “In addition to being a award-winning actor, he has also written numerous books, directed several projects, and has recorded a few albums.”

The randomness of the announcement wasn’t lost on the actor.

“What is this guy up to now?” he coyly tweeted his 2.6 million fans Friday.

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Mr. Shatner’s debut record, a spoken-word music project titled “The Transformed Man,” was released in 1968.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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