Tuskegee The pop-soul veteran, now 62, has always had country music in his bones: Just ask Kenny Rogers, who took the Richie-penned "Lady" to No. 1… Tuskegee The pop-soul veteran, now 62, has always had country music in his bones: Just ask Kenny Rogers, who took the Richie-penned "Lady" to No. 1… 2012-03-26 Lionel Richie Country Mercury Nashville
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Tuskegee (2012)

POP-TINGED COUNTRY Richie recruits country all-stars to take on his first countrified album
POP-TINGED COUNTRY Richie recruits country all-stars to take on his first countrified album
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Mar 26, 2012; Lead Performance: Lionel Richie; Genre: Country; Production: Mercury Nashville

The pop-soul veteran, now 62, has always had country music in his bones: Just ask Kenny Rogers, who took the Richie-penned ''Lady'' to No. 1 in 1980, or Conway Twitty, who famously covered ''Three Times a Lady.'' (The ladies, Lionel knows.) Yet it's still gratifying to see how many A-list Nashville stars lined up for guest spots on Tuskegee — Blake! Tim! Shania! Willie! — and to hear how naturally the Alabama native countrifies R&B classics like ''Endless Love'' and the Jennifer Nettles-assisted ''Hello.'' On a banjo-tastic ''Dancing on the Ceiling,'' Richie even out-twangs good ol' boys Rascal Flatts. A-

Best Tracks:
Darius Rucker duet Stuck on You
Harmony-laden Deep River Woman
Originally posted Mar 21, 2012 Published in issue #1200 Mar 30, 2012 Order article reprints
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