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Lionel Richie is on the verge of releasing his country duets album, Tuskegee. It’s a collection of some of his biggest hits rerecorded as duets with some of country’s biggest stars. So they’re countrified, if that’s even a word. And after hearing a few of those duets on the CMA Awards last month, like Richie doing “Stuck on You” with Darius Rucker and “Deep River Woman” with Little Big Town, I’d actually love to hear them all live. Asked in a recent interview if that was likely, Richie said, “Yes, and I’ll probably find one artist or two artists to kind of split it up a little bit. I would love to go out and take a couple of turns around America and around the world.” Since having guest stars show up at concerts to sing a couple of songs seems to be all the rage right now, I think Richie’s definitely onto something.