Lionel Richie To Release A Country Duets Album

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Alabama native [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Lionel Richie[/lastfm] will go back to his roots  with Tuskegee, a new album due March 27th that will revisit 13 of his biggest hits in duets with country stars!

Lionel grew up listening to country, gospel, R&B and classical music and it was in Tuskegee that he helped form [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]the Commodores[/lastfm] and went on to write some of the band’s biggest hits.

He told me once in an interview, he wrote ballads for The Commodores, because he was sure to get at least one included on each album!

132010650 Lionel Richie To Release A Country Duets Album

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This isn’t Lionel’s first venture into country music, either. His songs have been recorded by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Conway Twitty[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Kenny Rogers[/lastfm] (“Lady”), and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Alabama[/lastfm], while other artists have covered his songs in their sets. He’s performed on the CMA Awards three times and his 2011 performance received two standing ovations.

GAC TV reports that the “album will feature new versions of “Say You, Say Me,” “You Are,” “Sail On,” “Hello” and other highlights of the singer’s multi-platinum career. Stars set to appear include[lastfm link_type="artist_info"] Jason Aldean[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Tim McGraw[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Blake Shelton[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Darius Rucker[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Rascal Flatts[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Kenny Chesney[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Shania Twain[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Sugarland[/lastfm]‘s [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jennifer Nettles[/lastfm],  as well as veterans [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Kenny Rogers[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Willie Nelso[/lastfm]n and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jimmy Buffett[/lastfm].

Richie and friends will also tape a concert special on April 2nd in Las Vegas, and it will air at a later date on CBS.

Richie clearly loves Tuskegee, his hometown; he said in a statement, “[The city] is where I learned about life and love and the power of music, and the place I built a musical foundation that knows no genres or boundaries.” Richie is already something of a fixture in the country world, with his frequent appearances on the Country Music Association Awards programs.

The artists who worked with Lionel have their own connections to the legend’s songs. “Every Lionel Richie song that I can think of I had a personal experience with – high school homecomings, proms, you name it,” Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts said. “Lionel was always playing in my house. His music always said what we felt and couldn’t express.”

Says Darius Rucker, who joins Richie on “Stuck On You,” “I wanted to work with Lionel because he is one of my idols. Lionel’s more a part of my DNA really than an idol. It was an absolute honor to work with him.” Adds Jason Aldean, who selected “Say You, Say Me,” “I’ve always been a huge fan. He is probably one of the best singer/songwriters of this generation.”

 

 

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