"It's always goofy and fun," Thomas Rhett says of hanging with pal Brett Eldredge

By Eileen Finan
June 01, 2016 08:30 AM
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After hitting the road with Brett Eldredge last year on their Suits & Boots tour, Thomas Rhett knows what to expect when he hangs out with his country compadre: “It’s always goofy and fun.”

Exhibit A: Check out the pair’s encore mashups on their tour, where they covered hits by Drake and Kanye West and tried out their stanky leg moves, with hilarious results.

Expect more of the same goofiness when the two stars team up to host ABC’s CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock special this summer.

“Our personalities are so in line with each other,” Rhett, 26, tells PEOPLE. “We just have a good time together on and off stage.”

The two first met through mutual friends, Florida Georgia Line bandmates Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, about four years ago when both were rising musicians in Nashville, and their paths would often cross as they visited radio stations on promotional tours.

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“We’ve both risen up in our careers at the same time,” Eldredge, 30, says. “We knew each other at the very start when we had nothing, and that’s how you grow a bond.”

The singers will film the special during CMA Music Fest in Nashville June 9-12, and the show will air on ABC on Aug. 3.