Some of the biggest names in country music have signed on for a tribute album to country legend Barbara Mandrell, who stepped away from the business in 1997.

Some of the biggest names in country music have signed on for a tribute album to country legend Barbara Mandrell, who stepped away from the business in 1997. Dubbed "She Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool" after one of the artist's best-known hits, the set will be released Oct. 10 via BNA.

Kenny Chesney and Reba McEntire perform "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool," a No. 1 country hit in 1981, while Willie Nelson and Shelby Lynne team up for "This Time I Almost Made It," which reached No. 12 in 1974.

The album will also feature Dierks Bentley on "Fast Lanes and Country Roads," Alabama's Randy Owen on "Years," Sara Evans on "Crackers," Brad Paisley on "In Times Like These," Terri Clark on "Sleeping Single in a Double Bed" and Lorrie Morgan on "That's What Friends Are For."

"The loving kindness of these friends gave me such an emotional high, and I'm still there," Mandrell says of the project. "I don't know if I'll ever come down."

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