Lionel Richie in the studio with Rascal Flatts
Lionel Richie is connecting with his country side.
The singer, who's got an upcoming country duets album called Tuskegee
, will show off his chops live on the CMA Awards
Nov. 9 (8 p.m. ET), performing with Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker and Little Big Town
"Over a period of time, I realized that the songs that I was writing translated to country," Richie, 62, said in a press release. "As a songwriter, I didn't really start out thinking I was country; I was thinking I was R&B."
"It was just a natural progression," he added. "I am from Tuskegee, Alabama; I am a country boy. It just felt right to do this."
and Brad Paisley will host the 45th annual awards, and the long list of performers includes Taylor Swift
, Sugarland, Miranda Lambert
, Lady Antebellum and Keith Urban
On the new album, which is due in March, Richie also performs his beloved hits with top country stars such as Tim McGraw
, Shania Twain
and Kenny Chesney
Wonder if his daughter Nicole
will be singing along ...