Back­street Boys, Florida Ge­or­gia Line back to­gether on CMT

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Back­street Boys got their first hit coun­try song this year on a col­lab­o­ra­tion with coun­try duo Florida Ge­or­gia and now the two pow­er­house acts are team­ing up for a "CMT Cross­roads" episode air­ing 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." Their per­for­mance at the ACMs in Las Ve­gas in April got ev­ery­one from Ni­cole Kid­man to Tim McGraw on their feet to dance along. But the coun­try duo ac­knowl­edges that it's pretty com­pli­cated to get all seven singers up on stage to­gether to dance. "The dance moves are still a new thing for us but we love it, so much so that we even added dancers to our sta­dium shows," Kel­ley said. De­but­ing in 2002, "CMT Cross­roads" has fea­tured mu­si­cal mashups be­tween Def Lep­pard and Tay­lor Swift, Steven Tyler and Car­rie Un­der­wood, and John Mayer and Keith Ur­ban. The one-hour show will air at 10 p.m. East­ern/Pa­cific on Aug 30.

In this file photo, Tyler Hub­bard, from right, and Brian Kel­ley, third from left, of Florida Ge­or­gia Line, and from left, Nick Carter, AJ McLean, Brian Lit­trell, and Kevin Richard­son, of Back­street Boys, per­form at the 52nd an­nual Academy of Coun­try Mu­sic Awards in Las Ve­gas.— AP

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