There’s no worse feeling than that moment when you finally meet one of your musical idols and, while hoping to say something witty and memorable, you, instead, completely blow it. Many of us on the Rare Country staff have a story like that. (Don’t ask this writer about Alan Jackson.) But it turns out this happens to celebrities, too.

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Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook is the most recent example. But he wasn’t too embarrassed to share the hilarious story on Twitter, admitting he was a little “star-struck” meeting Willie Nelson for the first time.

Band mate Kimberly Schlapman met Willie moments ahead of him, but when it came to Jimi’s turn, he momentarily forgot his own identity. “Kimberly introduced herself right before me,” he writes. “Then I shook his hand and said ‘Hi, I’m Kimberly.’ 😳”

Oops! We feel your pain, Jimi. We really do.

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Band mate Karen Fairchild shared a photo taken moments before her husband’s little goof. And by the look on Willie’s face, it’s likely the incident was quickly forgiven and forgotten.

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Phyllis Stark is a Nashville-based entertainment journalist who has been reporting extensively on country music (and loving every moment of it) for more than two decades.
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