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John Legend Goes Country – Yes, Really!

CMT Crossroads: John Legend and Lee Ann Womack duet
Lee Ann Womack and John Legend at their CMT Crossroads taping
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updated 09/26/2014 AT 01:30 PM EDT

originally published 09/25/2014 AT 11:40 AM EDT

He may be known for his smooth R&B sound, but when John Legend took the stage with Lee Ann Womack in Franklin, Tennessee, he felt right at home crooning country.

"I'm kind of a country boy," Legend told the crowd at a taping for their episode of CMT Crossroads. Noting that he grew up in the "small town" of Springfield, Ohio, he said, "I had a twang for the first 20 years of my life, then I moved to New York and I lost it."

"I'm going to give it back to you!" Womack declared, before the two took on her 2000 crossover smash "I Hope You Dance."

After the singers traded lines on Legend's mega-hit "All of Me" and Womack's new single, "The Way I'm Livin,'" the country star urged Legend to consider going back to those small-town roots.

"I want to hear you make a country record," she told him.

Check out an exclusive sneak peek of CMT Crossroads: John Legend and Lee Ann Womack, airing Friday at 10 p.m. ET, below:

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