CMT’s Cody Alan caught up with the two acts before Tuesday’s (Sept. 11) concert taping in Franklin, Tenn. and noticed Mendes had some injuries on his face.
But it was nothing serious. Before the show, Mendes had been riding a ride-share scooter when he fell, and he face-planted to save his hands.
“I took it face first,” Mendes told Alan, “‘cause I was like, ‘These hands cannot break. I gotta play guitar with Zac Brown.’”
Minor road rash aside, the two rocked their CMT Crossroads taping without a hitch. The night featured Mendes’ spin on Zac Brown Band hits and Zac Brown Band’s arrangements of Mendes’ songs.
The hour-long concert special premieres Oct. 24 at 10 p.m. ET.