CMT Crossroads: Reo Speedwagon and Sara Evans premieres Sept. 19 at 10 pm ET/PT.
Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million albums throughout the world with hits such as “Keep on Loving You,” “Take It on the Run” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling.” The band’s 1981 album Hi Infidelity spent 15 weeks at No 1 on Billboard’s album chart and sold more than 9 million copies.
In addition to Cronin, the band is currently touring with a lineup that bassist Bruce Hall, keyboardist Neal Doughty, guitarist Dave Amato and drummer Bryan Hitt.
“We met Sara Evans when REO played with Brad Paisley at the Sony Music Nashville annual cruise, and we all became fast friends,” Cronin said. “When we got the offer to do CMT Crossroads with her, we jumped at the chance to hear Sara’s sweet voice on our songs and to put our spin on hers. Sara put me at ease right away, and her energy is contagious.”
Evans is best known for hits such as “Suds in the Bucket, “A Real Fine Place to Start,” “Born to Fly,” “A Little Bit Stronger” and “No Place That Far.” She’s had five No. 1 songs and two No. 1 country albums
“I’ve been a huge fan of REO Speedwagon for as long as I can remember,” Evans said. “Their songs have been a part of the soundtrack of my life, and I’m thrilled to be joining them on stage for CMT Crossroads. It truly is a dream come true.”
This marks her third CMT Crossroads appearance. She teamed with Maroon 5 for an episode 2008 and joined Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Hunter Hayes and Paisley for CMT Crossroads: Joe Walsh & Friends in 2012.