Known best for her legendary pop icon status, Cyndi Lauper is reigning in a new legion of fans with her new country-tinged album Detour, which just debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
“These songs had a profound impact on me when I was a little girl listening to my Aunt Gracie’s kitchen radio in Queens. I grew up listening and admiring Patsy Cline, Patsy Montana, Hank Williams – all the greats from the Golden Age of country. It was an honor to record those beautiful songs for Detour and I am so thankful for the fans and the country music community for welcoming me with open arms,” Lauper said.
Detour marks the Grammy, Emmy and Tony-winning singer-songwriter’s foray into the country music arena, with a sweeping collection of country covers from the 40s, 50s and 60s, and media are already buzzing about the pop star’s unique approach:
“Cyndi Lauper tackles the genre with characteristically daring eccentricity.” – Keith Harris, Rolling Stone
“Once again […] Cyndi Lauper has dauntlessly created a triumphantly amazing new release.” – Eileen Shapiro, Huffington Post
“…(Lauper) proves herself not only a competent country vocalist […] but also a masterful interpreter in the classic tradition of the best female country vocalists of the late-‘60s.” – John Paul, Pop Matters
“[…] like Prince, the Grammy-winning vocalist is also constantly reinventing herself.” – Megan Seling, Nashville Scene
“Detour makes all the right turns, never missing an opportunity to surprise the listener or stretch Cyndi’s style just far enough to keep things interesting.” – Jonathan Riggs, Idolator
Her latest release and first splash onto the country music scene also reached No. 29 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and No. 12 on the Top Current Albums chart. Detour features duets with several special guests, including Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill and Alison Krauss.
Lauper is back on the road after a Detour media blitz that included, “CBS This Morning,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” CMT Online, CMT’s Hot Twenty Countdown, GAC and “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” with additional features in Associated Press, USA Today, Rolling Stone Country, Maverick Magazine, NASH Country Weekly, Billboard and syndicated radio programs “Big D & Bubba,” “Kickin’ It with Kix,” “America’s Morning Show,” “Nash Nights Live,” CMT Radio and more.
While the 19-city first leg of the Detour tour kicked off May 9 at the “Mother Church of Country Music,” Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, the 16-city second leg will return September 10th at Austin’s ACL Live and traverse the west coast before wrapping up October 8 at the The Joint in Las Vegas.
“Funnel Of Love”
“Detour” – Featuring Emmylou Harris
“Walkin’ After Midnight”
“Heartaches By The Number”
“The End Of The World”
“Night Life” – Featuring Willie Nelson
“Begging To You”
“You’re The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly” – Featuring Vince Gill
“I Fall To Pieces”
“I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart” – Featuring Jewel
“Hard Candy Christmas” – Featuring Alison Krauss
*denotes dates with Boy George
May 17 Hard Rock Live – Cleveland, Ohio
May 20 Mohegan Sun – Uncasville, Conn.*
May 21 Wang Theater – Boston, Mass.*
May 25 Beacon Theater – New York, Ny.*
May 28 Sands Bethlehem Event Center – Bethlehem, Pa.*
May 29 Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Atlantic City, N.J.*
June 1 Wolf Trap – Vienna, Va.*
June 2 Charleston Music Hall Charleston, S.C.
June 4 Duke Energy Center Raleigh, N.C.
June 5 Symphony Hall – Atlanta, Ga.
June 8 Ruth Eckerd Hall – Clearwater, Fla.
June 9 Dr. Phillips Center – Orlando, Fla.
June 11 Mizner Park Amphitheatre – Boca Raton, Fla.
June 12 St. Augustine Amphitheatre – St. Augustine, Fla.
Sept. 10 ACL Live at Moody Theater – Austin, Texas
Sept. 11 Revention Music Center – Houston, Texas
Sept. 13 Civic Center Music Hall – Oklahoma City, Okla.
Sept. 15 Uptown Theatre – Kansas City, Mo.
Sept. 18 Paramount Theatre – Denver, Colo.
Sept. 20 The Depot – Salt Lake City, Utah
Sept. 21 Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical – Boise, Idaho
Sept. 23 Thunder Valley Casino Resort – Lincoln, Calif.
Sept. 24 Agua Caliente Casino – Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Sept. 27 Vina Robles Amphitheatre – Paso Robles, Calif.
Sept. 28 Arlington Theatre – Santa Barbara, Calif.
Sept. 30 The Mountain Winery – Saratoga, Calif.
Oct. 3 Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay – San Diego, Calif.
Oct. 5 Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, Calif.
Oct. 7 Talking Stick Resort Ballroom – Scottsdale, Ariz.
Oct. 8 The Joint – Las Vegas, Nev.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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