Kenny Rogers: Lionel’s Country Album Is “Smartest” in Years

Lionel’s Tuskegee is now the second-best selling album of 2012, behind only Adele’s 21.

photo by Michelle Fisher/CMA

OK, sure, Kenny Rogers has been friends with Lionel Richie for years, and they both had huge hits with Lionel-written "Lady."

So Kenny might be a little biased.

Still, Kenny had the highest praise for Lionel's latest, Tuskegee, a collection of Lionel's hits performed as duets with country stars.

"I think that's the smartest album done in years," Kenny told reporters Saturday night (June 9) before his performance at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville.

Simply put, "He took songs everyone knew and did them with artists everyone loves."

The prove is in the numbers: Lionel has sold more than 800,000 copies of the album this year, making it the second-best-selling album of 2012 so far, behind only Adele's 21.

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