Lionel Richie Duets With Tim McGraw, Shania Twain, Willie Nelson and More

01/25/2012
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Lionel Richie has teamed up with some of the biggest stars in country music for duets on his new album, Tuskegee, which will be released on March 27 on Mercury Nashville.

His duet partners on Tuskegee include Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington and Little Big Town.

On this worldwide, multi-genre album, Richie is also joined by the likes of such superstars as Shania Twain, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffett.

In addition, the Academy of Country Music will tape an all-star concert special, Lionel Richie and Friends "In concert" at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 2. The show will air at a later date on the CBS Television Network. Some of his greatest hits will be performed by Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers and many more.

Tuskegee is an exciting new chapter in a career that has seen album sales of more than 100 million, 22 Top 10s, five Grammys, an Academy Award for Best Original Song, a Golden Globe, and a host of other awards.

Tuskegee is also a musical homecoming that feels like a heartwarming reunion with a beloved friend. He proves that you can go home again as he returns to his Southern roots to pay tribute to his hometown of Tuskegee, Alabama, where he was indelibly shaped as a man and a musician. He was exposed to country, gospel, R&B and classical music while growing up, and it was in Tuskegee where he helped form the Commodores and wrote his first hits, including "Sail On" and "Easy."

"Tuskegee is where it all began, the place where I felt that everything was available and possible," he says. "It's 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.

"Doing this album was coming back to the beginning, back to basics, back to home," he says. "The part of it I love the most is that the journey has been one of discovering myself. By the time I got back to Nashville, I clearly knew that the roots of my songwriting, my storytelling, were from the South."

It's also been a process of rediscovering the hits that have served as the soundtrack of the lives of generations around the world. "Every Lionel Richie song that I can think of I had a personal experience with high school homecomings, proms, you name it," says Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts, who duets on "Dancin' On the Ceiling." "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."

Lionel Richie's Tuskegee Track-Listing:
"You Are" with Blake Shelton
"Say You, Say Me" with Jason Aldean
"Stuck On You" with Darius Rucker
"Deep River Woman" with Little Big Town
"My Love" with Kenny Chesney
"Dancing On The Ceiling" with Rascal Flatts
"Hello" with Jennifer Nettles
"Sail On" with Tim McGraw
"Endless Love" with Shania Twain
"Just For You" with Billy Currington
"Lady" with Kenny Rogers
"Easy" with Willie Nelson
"All Night Long" with Jimmy Buffett

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