CMT will see team of Back­street Boys, Florida Ge­or­gia Line

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E -

NASHVILLE — Back­street Boys got their first hit coun­try song this year on a col­lab­o­ra­tion with coun­try duo Florida Ge­or­gia Line and now the two pow­er­house acts are team­ing up for a “CMT Cross­roads” episode air­ing at 10 p.m. on Aug. 30.

The cross-genre tele­vi­sion show will fea­ture all-star group per­for­mances of each other’s big­gest sin­gles, in­clud­ing “I Want It That Way,” “As Long As You Love Me,” “Cruise” and “H.O.L.Y.” as well as their part­ner­ship on the plat­inum hit “God, Your Momma, and Me.”

The two groups are pop­ping up to­gether a lot this year. They per­formed to­gether on the Acad­emy of Coun­try Mu­sic Awards this year and are play­ing a se­ries of base­ball sta­dium tour dates this sum­mer.

FGL’s Tyler Hub­bard and Brian Kel­ley are long­time fans of the ‘90s boy band icons, who are on an up­swing af­ter a suc­cess­ful Las Ve­gas res­i­dency this year. Hub­bard said in an email in­ter­view with The As­so­ci­ated Press that he’s most look­ing for­ward to singing their clas­sic, “Every­body (Back­street’s Back).”

“It’s crazy to think how we grew up lis­ten­ing to this song and now are on stage per­form­ing it to­gether,” Hub­bard said. “It still gets me ev­ery time!”

With the two groups hit­ting Bos­ton, Min­neapo­lis and Chicago sta­di­ums, Hub­bard said watch­ing the Back­street Boys per­for­mances has been a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“These guys are mas­ter en­ter­tain­ers, no doubt,” Hub­bard said. “But, I gotta say that BK and I have learned to re­ally step up our game all the way around.”

CHRIS PIZZELLO, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Tyler Hub­bard, right, and Brian Kel­ley, 3rd from left, of Florida Ge­or­gia Line, and from left, Nick Carter, AJ McLean, Brian Lit­trell, and Kevin Richard­son.

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