It’s going down/CMT’s yellin’ “Timber!”: Kesha is set to join Grammy Award-winning Americana band Old Crow Medicine Show on an upcoming episode of “CMT Crossroads,” TheWrap has learned exclusively.
The December episode will tape in Nashville — which is home to both artists — and feature performances of each other’s biggest songs, including hits from Kesha’s latest No. 1 album “Rainbow” and Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel.”
“I grew up on country music, it was the first music I sang, listened to, and wrote as a child, and I’m especially stoked to be collaborating with Old Crow Medicine Show,” Kesha said. “I’ve always admired early country artists such as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Gram Parsons, and Loretta Lynn, and the outlaw attitude of some of those early country artists who helped create rock and roll. To me, Old Crow Medicine Show epitomizes that attitude and wildness while also being amazing songwriters and performers.”
“Old Crow is so excited to be working with Kesha on this project,” added band member Ketch Secor. “Through our nearly 20 years of performing together our band has enjoyed many different kinds of musical collaborations, but this will be our first time working together with a pop star. We love Kesha’s style and we’re all looking forward to what we’ll come up with together.”
The series has showcased musical partnerships including Elvis Costello and Lucinda Williams, Kid Rock and Hank Williams, Jr., Ray Charles and Travis Tritt, Dave Matthews and Emmylou Harris, Bon Jovi and Sugarland, Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire, Def Leppard and Taylor Swift, Sting and Vince Gill, John Mayer and Keith Urban, Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood, Stevie Nicks and Lady Antebellum, Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves, Alicia Keys and Maren Morris, and the Backstreet Boys and Florida Georgia Line.
“CMT Crossroads” is produced by CMT’s Margaret Comeaux and Switched On Entertainment’s John Hamlin.
The Kesha/Old Crow Medicine Show episode airs Wednesday, December 6 at 10/9c on CMT.