On Jan. 28, the live-streaming series held a special event dubbed “Girls Just Wanna Have Friends”, which featured performances from Lauper, Kelsea Ballerini and Ingrid Michaelson. The event gave country fans a first glimpse at the 62-year-old’s new country-oriented sound, which seems to be a little more toned-down than some of her 1980’s dance pop hits.
One of the stand-out moments of her set was a cover version of “Walkin’ After Midnight”, a tune that is reliant on strong and well-controlled vocals. As she began the classic ballad, the audience let out a round of howls and whistles of approval. Although many have questioned what route Lauper would take musically with her unexpected foray into country, she wisely opted to stay true to the original version made famous by Cline. No matter what you may think of Lauper’s previous work, her new project will likely be one of the most interesting releases of 2016.
Lauper’s first country album Detour, which features duets with Willie Nelson and Vince Gill, is set for release May 6th. Click below to see her performance of Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight”, recorded during her performance on Skyville Live.