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February 17, 2016 08:30 AM

Country girls just wanna have fun!

Cyndi Lauper won’t release her country album Detour until May 6 (it’s available for pre-order over on iTunes now), but PEOPLE has an exclusive first listen of “Funnel of Love,” her debut single off the crossover collection.

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While the track was originally recorded and made famous in 1961 by rockabilly pioneer Wanda Jackson, Lauper makes the classic cut her own, belting her signature vocals over a rollicking beat.

Cyndi Lauper's Detour cover
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“A lot of songs on this record are from that period of country-western music right before rock & roll came along,” Lauper, 62, tells PEOPLE. “I studied a lot of singers, and Wanda Jackson, who originally sang this, was one of the original rock & rollers. I wanted this song to have that live sound, and it does.”

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For her eleventh full-length album, Lauper – who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame last year – teamed up with country greats Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Jewel and Alison Krauss to cover the genre’s early classics.

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Detour follows 2010’s tellingly titled blues departure Memphis Blues and Kinky Boots, the 2012 Broadway musical she earned a Tony Award for scoring.

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