Jennifer Nettles and Cheap Trick pair up in an upcoming episode of CMT Crossroads, which kicks off the TV series’ new season of genre-jumping duets on March 24th.
Filmed last week in Nashville, the episode finds Nettles returning to the Crossroads stage for a second time, more than a decade after Sugarland teamed up with Bon Jovi for one of the series’ earlier episodes. She’s flying solo for this edition, effectively joining Cheap Trick’s lineup for a one-off set of Nettles tunes and Cheap Trick classics. In the video above, the group takes a stab at “I Want You to Want Me” — which became Cheap Trick’s biggest-selling single after the live version from Cheap Trick at Budokan was released — with Nettles and Robin Zander swapping lines during each verse before sweeping into a beefed-up, harmonized chorus.
Although they signed with country music powerhouse Big Machine Records in December 2015, Cheap Trick — who now share the same label as Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw — remain focused on power-pop and rock & roll. The band’s new album, Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello, arrives April 1st and coincides with their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Meanwhile, Nettles is also gearing up for hew own Big Machine release on May 13th with Playing with Fire, which marks her second album as a solo artist.