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See Rob Thomas and Charles Kelley’s Swaggering ‘Smooth’

Thomas’ 1999 hit collaboration with Carlos Santana gets a kick from soulful Kelley on ‘CMT Crossroads’

In 1999, singer Rob Thomas stepped away from his main gig in Matchbox 20 to record the song “Smooth” for guitarist Carlos Santana’s comeback album Supernatural. To call the result a smash is a little like saying the sun is hot — “Smooth” was a 12-week Number One and ended up as the Number Two Billboard Hot 100 song from the 20th century.

So naturally, Thomas’ upcoming episode of CMT Crossroads with Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley includes the pair collaborating on “Smooth” among their other selections. In the video above, Thomas and Kelley take turns crooning the deeper verse parts and then join up for pristine harmonies on the urgent choruses, swaying to the song’s Latin rhythms. Their episode of CMT Crossroads airs July 1st at 10 p.m. ET.

Earlier in 2016, Kelley released his solo debut The Driver, which includes his current single “Lonely Girl.” His main group Lady Antebellum has been on a brief hiatus, but he recently confirmed that the trio was already working on new music and had lined up some festival dates for this summer.

In This Article: Charles Kelley, Rob Thomas


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