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Lauper takes a "Detour" to country

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 – Cyndi Lauper just wants to have some fun in country.

Lauper's next CD, "Detour," will offer her take on country classics from the '40s, '50s and '60s with help from Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Jewel, Alison Krauss and Willie Nelson when it is released May 6.

Lauper's 11th studio album marks her Sire Records debut and is executive produced by label founder Seymour Stein. Lauper, who has been recording since 1983, has had such hits as "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," "True Colors" and "Time After Time."

Growing up, she recalls listening to Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Wanda Jackson in her Aunt Gracie's kitchen. "When I was a really young kid, country music was pop music, so this is what we grew up listening to. These songs are part of some of my earliest memories so it has been an absolute thrill to revisit them."

Songs include "Funnel Of Love," a track Wanda Jackson, the Queen of Rockabilly, recorded in 1960, Ray Price's "Heartaches by the Number" and two Patsy Cline classics, "Walkin' After Midnight" and "I Fall To Pieces." Lauper says, "I spent a lot of time in my room singing with Patsy. I had to sing a Patsy Cline song - or two - because her voice was like one of my girlfriends. That's how close I felt to her."

Nelson guests on "Night Life," a song he wrote more than 50 years ago, while Gill sings on Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty's "You're The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly."

The track list is:
1. "Funnel Of Love"
2. "Detour" - Featuring Emmylou Harris
3. "Misty Blue"
4. "Walkin' After Midnight"
5. "Heartaches By The Number"
6. "The End Of The World"
7. "Night Life" - Featuring Willie Nelson
8. "Begging To You"
9. "You're The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly" - Featuring Vince Gill
10. "I Fall To Pieces"
11. "I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart" - Featuring Jewel
12. "Hard Candy Christmas" - Featuring Alison Krauss

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