Get ready to hear Cyndi Lauper like you never heard her before.
The pop icon has taken a detour in her illustrious career — one that has brought her to the golden days of country music.
In her upcoming album, perfectly titled Detour, Lauper puts her own spin on some of country’s most notable tunes, including Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight” and “I Fall to Pieces,” Emmylou Harris joins her on the title track, and Willie Nelson collaborates with her on one of his classics, “Night Life.” Other guests include Vince Gill, Jewel and Alison Krauss.
The album will be released on May 6, and Lauper will launch a 27-city tour on May 9 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
Lauper, famous for pop hits such as “True Colors,” “Time After Time” and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” is looking forward to her first appearance on the Ryman stage.
“There’s something so very magical about the Ryman and all the rich history there,” she says. “Just to think it’s the same stage where Wanda Jackson and Patsy Cline performed so long ago — and here I am singing songs they made famous on this record — it’s such an honor.”
The first track on the album is the Wanda Jackson classic “Funnel of Love,” and Lauper’s take on the 1961 hit would no doubt make the Queen of Rockabilly very proud.
Check out Lauper’s video, which she directed herself, complete with tumbleweeds, cacti and one cool cowboy hat.