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In Tune: Cyndi Lauper's country release Detour

By Gregg Shapiro

Cyndi Lauper goes country with Detour.
Cyndi Lauper goes country with Detour. Photo: ©Chapman Baehler

The unlikeliest moments often make the most profound impact. Whether through a heartbreaking realization, the chance meeting of a kindred spirit or by always choosing the path less trodden, these exquisite selections will take your mind to unexpected places.


Country Side Trip

Timeless diva Cyndi Lauper has always been one of the most outspoken supporters of the LGBT community. Known far and wide for putting her money where her mouth is, Lauper created the True Colors Fund to end LGBT youth homelessness. Of course, it was her voice and distinctive fashion sense that first caught our attention. From her brief time leading rockabilly act Blue Angel and her 1980s rise as the queen of new wave dance to her 2003 album of standards, 2010 blues project and 2012 Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots, Cyndi has had us going gaga long before Lady Gaga hit the stage. Her versatility is legendary, so it should come as no surprise that her latest effort, Detour (Sire), features her knockout vocals set to a number of country standards. Joined by some of the genre’s greatest living legends — including Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris — Lauper leaves her distinctive stamp on 12 classics, including “I Want to be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart,” “Begging to You” and

“I Fall to Pieces.”

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