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After a couple of difficult weeks that have included two major weather systems that wreaked havoc on Texas and the southeastern part of the United States, and the passing of two country icons, country music is beginning to move forward from the incredible tragedies.




One way we are doing that is by leaning on each other.

Vince Gill proved how broad his shoulders are and how uplifting words can be at the incredibly emotional memorial service for Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry. While many of the speakers at the ceremony spoke to Troy, his wife Angie and Troy’s children, Vince also addressed Troy’s duo partner, Eddie Montgomery. He reminded the singer that as a member of the Grand Ole Opry, he always had family to turn to and he should find fellowship with them often.

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And when it came time to perform, Vince abandoned his typical “Go Rest High On That Mountain” and sang a sentimental favorite for Angie—his hit song “Whenever You Come Around.”

Other country stars turned to their social media pages to express their own sorrow and offer words of love and support to those suffering most from this incredible loss.

Kenny Chesney is experiencing another kind of loss that he is mourning. As Hurricane Irma hit the United States earlier in the week, those safe from the storm’s reach began seeing the damage done in the Caribbean, including Kenny’s beloved St. John where he had a home. In fact, as many were fleeing their own houses due to high wind, rain and rising tides, they found shelter under the country superstar’s roof.

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Unfortunately, little is left of the tropical paradise, but Kenny is making efforts to help rebuild and reinforce the area’s economy with the Love for Love City Foundation and a new song he is recording. Erin Holt has more details in this week’s Rare Country’s 5.

For all of the heartbreak there was this week in country music, there were moments of light that helped the healing process. Be sure to watch the Rare Country’s 5 video to see those stories and more of our favorites from the week, and check back in next week when we have more of the news from in and around country music.

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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