Her neighborhood wasn't exactly a hotbed of country music, but for young Astoria, Queens, native Cyndi Lauper, the country songs her Aunt Gracie was listening to left an indelible impression. Lauper flirted with rockabilly as a member of the band Blue Angel before superstardom came wrapped in the colorful New Wave of her 1983 LP, She's So Unusual. She mined classic country and rockabilly for 2016's Detour, which showcased the quirky singer's lovingly rendered interpretations of tunes popularized by Patsy Cline, Ray Price and more. Adding guest appearances from Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson was a nice touch. — S.B.
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