Catch a sneak peek of the next CMT Crossroads pairing in this video of country frontman Luke Combs and soul singer Leon Bridges’ unlikely yet ideal duet version of Combs’ hit “When It Rains It Pours.”
Shot in downtown Nashville beneath the lights of Lower Broadway, the footage finds a current country hit-maker sharing the stage alongside a soul and R&B singer from Texas. As usual, Combs and his backing band look like they’re having a blast sharing country music with a live audience. Dressed like a Hee Haw cast member (in the best possible way), Bridges looks and sounds at home while counter-balancing Comb’s gruff drawl with a little bit of soul.
It’ll be interesting to see if both artists go together like biscuits and gravy if they perform one of Bridges’ better songs, such as the Otis Redding throwback “Coming Home.” The unofficial footage from that night just shows the duo covering “Hurricane” and “One Number Away” off Combs’ debut album This One’s For You plus Combs’ new song “Beautiful Crazy.” As it stands now, viewers might not come away with a full picture of Bridges’ throwback, Americana-friendly sound.
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Since 2002, CMT Crossroads has paired country stars with artists from different genres. Across the show’s 65 episodes, duet partners included Lucinda Williams and Elvis Costello, Faith Hill and The Pretenders, Vince Gill and Sting, Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry, Maren Morris and Alicia Keys and others. Most recently, Cam and Smokey Robinson teamed up back in March.
Filmed on June 6, right before the CMT Music Awards and the CMA Music Festival, the new episode airs this Thurs., June 28 at 10 p.m. ET/ 9 p.m. CT.
Combs, meanwhile, continues his summer stint with Jason Aldean’s High Noon Neon Tour.