Fans of Lionel Richie's work as a pop and R&B phenomenon may be surprised to find out that the superstar has decided to out himself as a proud "country boy." But that's exactly what Richie is planning this year--the singer-songwriter is releasing an album of duets with notable Nashville stars, and he'll be debuting this new direction at the Country Music Association Awards on November 9.
Richie will be appearing on the CMA Awards stage with Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, and Little Big Town to preview his upcoming album Tuskegee, which is slated for release in March 2010.
For the record, in which he reinterprets some of his biggest career hits as duets with country stars, he has tapped such bigwigs as Shania Twain, Willie Nelson, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson, and Jimmy Buffett. The country artists will be joining him on such familiar tunes as "Say You, Say Me," "Easy," "Stuck On You," and all the other Richie classics you can think of off the top of your head.
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