*Veteran R&B crooner Lionel Richie is singing a different tune on his upcoming album “Tuskegee,” a collection of songs named after his Alabama birthplace.

Due out in March 2012, “Tuskegee” features 13 duets of his biggest hits, including “My Love” with Kenny Chesney, “Easy” with Willie Nelson and “Hello” with Jennifer Nettles.

Richie said the album was a return to his country roots.

“I was born and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama. I am a country boy and proud of it. To do this project just felt natural,” the singer-songwriter said in a statement.

Fans can get a sample of the album when Richie, 62, performs some of the duets at the Country Music Association (CMA) awards next month, organizers said Wednesday. Among them, a country version of his hit song “Dancing on the Ceiling” with Rascal Flatts at the annual televised show on Nov. 9.