Lionel Richie...yes, that Lionel Richie...plans a release of duets with some of the best in the country music business.  The list is a who's who of stars.

CMT is reporting that the man who helped Kenny Rogers to super-stardom by writing "Lady" has gone into the studio and completed duets with Darius Rucker, Tim McGraw, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Little Big Town, Blake Shelton and even that ol' parrothead, Jimmy Buffet.

Still to come...duets with Jennifer Nettles, and the Zac Brown Band. 

Zac is reporting that the album should be released in the summer of  2011.

With this line-up....and Mr. Richie's incredible voice, it's hard to imagine it won't be successful.