Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee, “duets with today’s hottest country stars.” (At least that’s how HSN marketed it.)
I’m not a huge Lionel Richie or country music fan. I don’t hate them, but I wouldn’t put either in my top 10 favorites. Nonetheless, I watched his mini-concert on HSN (it was Friday and there was nothing else to do), and I really enjoyed it. He didn’t have any of his duet partners (except Kenny Rogers), but he’d talk about the recording session, and then sing the song in their style. Pretty cool!
I wasn’t going to buy the CD until he talked about doing “Endless Love” with Shania Twain. Apparently she hasn’t sung in 8 years, and it took a lot of coaxing her. Then they played a clip of the song, and her voice was so clear and lovely, I decided to buy it.
It. Is. Awesome! There’s only one song I’d never heard before (“Just for You,” with Billy Currington), and I love it. The rest are all songs we grew up with, but have a new, modern twist. There’s great guitar work (especially “You Are,” with Blake Shelton), a variety of beautiful voices and harmony, and a samba beat to “All Night Long.” Ok, it’s probably more of a Caribbean beat since it’s done with Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band, but I could totally see doing a samba to it.
Richie said people kept asking, “When did you go country?” and his reply was “I grew up country.” Tuskegee is his hometown, so the album is sort of dedicated to his roots. (At least that’s what I think.)
How much do I like the album? I finally replaced the soundtrack from How to Train Your Dragon in my car . And we all know how I feel about the How to Train Your Dragon soundtrack. I’d been listening to for months!