Lionel Richie Goes Back To Tuskegee
A beautifully written song coming from the heart will stand the test of time. For over forty years, Lionel Richie has written an endless stream of the most beautiful love songs ever. Earlier this year, I reviewed Lionel’s “All Night Long” career retrospective concert where it was nothing but huge hit one after another. When you’ve got a catalog of classics that big, you can’t play them all in one night. So Lionel got creative and released a greatest hits collection last year reinterpreted with many of country music’s biggest superstars. Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Jennifer Nettles, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, and even Willie Nelson (Easy) all inject new life into these cherished songs.
Lionel Richie singing country music? Deep down, Lionel is a good ole’ Southern boy growing up in Tuskegee, Alabama. His deep Southern roots and wholesome family values influenced many of his greatest love songs. You may remember Kenny Roger’s #1 hit, “Lady” was written by Lionel and worked perfectly as a country music crossover hit. On the Tuskegee CD, Lionel said, “”Growing up with country, R&B, gospel, and classical music from my grandmother and pop, Tuskegee was the perfect melting pot for my influences as a writer,” he says, “and the title, Tuskegee, is a validation of my growing up there–the place I call home.”
Here’s a compilation of four of the best Tuskegee duets:
“HELLO” with Jennifer Nettles
“JUST FOR YOU” with Billy Currington
“DEEP RIVER WOMAN” with Little Big Town
“MY LOVE” with Kenny Chesney