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It was one of those weeks that just makes you proud to be a country music fan. Of course, wouldn’t any week with a little Alan Jackson in it be good? Well, sure, but this week we had a double dose of Alan and some of our other favorites, too, and Erin has some of our best stories in Rare Country’s 5.


Alan is absolutely one of the most laid-back stars in country music. We’ve never seen him get riled up about anything or even have a harsh word very often. So when a full beer can flew from the crowd to the stage during his show at Louisiana’s Cajundome, Alan took it in stride. In his long-legged stride. He leaned, raised his leg to dodge the beverage, turned to see what it was … and never missed a note.

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Now, had that can been flying higher, or if Alan hadn’t seen it and had time to react, this could have ended badly. And while we discourage folks from tossing drinks, cell phones or any other hard object to the stage, we applaud Alan’s quick thinking and his country boy good nature.

But that sure wasn’t the first time we applauded Alan this week. The Georgia boy had the honor of closing out this year’s CMA Awards, and he did it in grand style, performing two of his classic hits. It was the perfect ending to a magical night where country music was celebrated, memories were made and hope was the theme of the night.

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Besides Alan’s twin-spin ending, Carrie Underwood remembered those we lost in the past year with a tearful tribute, Little Big Town honored the memory of the late Glen Campbell and Montgomery Gentry’s Eddie Montgomery returned to the stage for the first time without his late duo partner Troy Gentry.

Those are just a few of our biggest stories from a week that still has our heads spinning. Check out our other top stories in Rare Country’s 5. And be sure to check back in next week when we have more of the news and fun from in and around country music in Rare Country’s 5.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development in the past. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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