"CMT Crossroads," the genre-blending show that has paired acts such as Taylor Swift and Def Leppard, Kesha and Old Crow Medicine Show, and Earth Wind & Fire with a whole bunch of country artists, will feature Fort Worth's Leon Bridges on an upcoming episode.
And if you can attend the taping of Bridges' episode with country singer-songwriter Luke Combs, you just have to be willing to make the trip to Nashville and know that there's a chance you'll Leobe turned away, as it's a standing-room-only, first-come, first-serve event.
The outdoor taping will take place at 8:30 p.m. Central at the corner of Fifth and Broadway in downtown Nashville. It's part of a week of musical events running up to the CMT Music Awards, which will air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena beginning at 7 p.m. June 6. (The "Crossroads" episode will air at 9 p.m. CDT June 28 on CMT.)
Bridges recently released his second album, "Good Thing," to positive reviews. While firmly keeping a foot in the R&B world, it's a more varied album than his acclaimed 2015 debut "Coming Home," showing signs of artistic growth from an artist whose first album was pretty strong to begin with. Bridges has a concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. June 9 at the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving; opening act is Jon Batiste and Stay Human, aka the band for "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" on CBS.
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Combs, a country singer-songwriter from Asheville, N.C., should be interesting both as a complement to and in contrast with Bridges' classic-soul style — because Combs sounds pretty classically country (and writes some pretty witty and pointed lyrics). He is scheduled to open (along with Lauren Alaina and Dee Jay Silver) for Jason Aldean on July 28 at Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas. On June 1, he's scheduled to release an expanded version of his 2017 studio debut, "This One's For You."
CMT has featured DFW artists before: Arlington's Maren Morris teamed with Alicia Keys for another country-soul crossover in 2016. And Burleson-bred superstar Kelly Clarkson (who is scheduled to appear in this year's "CMT Music Awards") did a 2007 episode with Reba McEntire — and that was years before Clarkson married Brandon Blackstock, who happens to be McEntire's stepson.