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Lionel Richie's birthplace is Tuskegee, Alabama so for his 2012 country duets album, Tuskegee, he is trumpeted as the country boy returning to his roots. And there's something to that: as a songwriter, Richie has had success on the country charts, scoring big with Kenny Rogers of "Lady," one of many Lionel covers Kenny sang over the years. Rogers' enthusiastic embrace of Richie is an indication that the former Commodore's definition of country isn't quite down-home, and Tuskegee proves that assumption true, with each of Lionel's partners coming from the pop side of Nashville. A few perennials crop up -- Kenny comes in for a revival of "Lady," Willie Nelson stops by to lay some guitar and vocals on "Easy" -- but the point of the album is as much to have current stars pay tribute to Richie as it is to ease him onto country-pop airwaves. Tuskegee winds up being fairly successful in this regard. No matter how many fiddles and steel guitars are added -- and there are never too many -- the songs are never so altered as to be unrecognizable, the melodies are always proudly prominent, and there isn't a speck of dirt to be found anywhere, so it's suited for any clean crossover occasion. Apart from Pixie Lott -- a singer who has absolutely nothing to do with country -- popping up on the international version of the album and maybe the revival of the recent "Just for You," there are no surprises on Tuskegee; even the partners match up correctly, with Jimmy Buffett adding good times to "All Night Long," Shania Twain playing the Diana Ross role on "Endless Love," Rascal Flatts forcefully pumping out the good cheer on "Dancing on the Ceiling," Blake Shelton smiling along on "You Are." Even if the production has changed -- it's not as glossy as the '80s, there are fewer keyboards and more guitars-the sensibility remains the same, so Tuskegee generates a bit of déjà vu: the surroundings are new, yet everything feels familiar. Whether that's a comfortable bit of nostalgia or just a shade too predictable depends entirely on the tastes of the listener.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/26/2012
Label: Mercury Nashville
UPC: 0602527806365
catalogNumber: 001600002
Rank: 65451


  1. You Are
  2. Say You, Say Me
  3. Stuck On You
  4. Deep River Woman
  5. My Love
  6. Dancing On the Ceiling
  7. Hello
  8. Sail On
  9. Endless Love
  10. Just For You
  11. Lady
  12. Easy
  13. All Night Long

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lionel Richie   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Willie Nelson   Guitar
John Jorgenson   Electric Guitar
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
Buddy Cannon   Background Vocals
Butch Carr   Synthesizer
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Kenny Greenberg   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Robert Greenidge   Steel Drums
Doyle Grisham   Steel Guitar
Tina Gullickson   Background Vocals
Roger Guth   Drums
John Hobbs   Piano
Jim Horn   Tenor Saxophone
Dann Huff   Guitar
John Jarvis   Keyboards
Paul Leim   Drums
Mac McAnally   Guitar,Background Vocals
Jim Mayer   Bass,Background Vocals
Randy McCormick   Hammond B3
Chris McHugh   Drums
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Gordon Mote   Piano,Keyboards
Steve Nathan   Keyboards
Larry Paxton   Bass
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Nadirah Shakoor   Background Vocals
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle
Kim Keyes   Background Vocals
Neil Thrasher   Background Vocals
Michael Utley   Keyboards
Chris Carmichael   Strings
John Lovell   Trumpet
Tim Lauer   Piano,Hammond B3
Jay DeMarcus   Bass
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Guitar
Joe Don Rooney   Guitar
Tim Marks   Bass
Nathan Chapman   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Ukulele
Chris Rodriguez   Background Vocals
Nick Buda   Drums
Charlie Judge   Steel Guitar,Keyboards
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar
Ilya Toshinskiy   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Peter Mayer   Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Lionel Richie   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Jeff Balding   Engineer
Tony Brown   Producer
Buddy Cannon   Producer
Kenny Chesney   Producer
Mark Hagen   Engineer
Dann Huff   Producer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Chris Carmichael   String Arrangements
Chuck Ainlay   Engineer
Kevin Reagan   Art Direction
Tony Castle   Engineer
Mark Taylor   Composer
Dirk Vanoucek   Engineer
Casey Wood   Engineer
Paul Barry   Composer
Mickey Jack Cones   Engineer
Jason Owen   Executive Producer
Nathan Chapman   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Brandon Schexnayder   Engineer
Brenda Harvey-Richie   Composer

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