Rare Country's 5 looks at a week of Trump, triumphs and tumbles

Country stars may be winding down for the holiday break, but there’s still plenty of activity on Music Row and across the U.S. until Santa comes sneaking down the chimney. From first times, to hard times to happy times to the big time, we’ve got Erin Holt re-capping the hottest news-makers in country music in this week’s episode of Rare Country’s 5. We’ll start at No. 5 and work our way to our No. 1 moment.

We’ve seen plenty of stumbles and falls onstage, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen one as hard as Granger Smith’s tumble Dec. 2 in New Jersey. It appears that the monitor Granger was on gave way, sending the Texas country star to the floor. And, it was as bad as it looks in that video. Granger broke a couple of bones and had a punctured and partially collapsed lung. Fortunately, he’s home recovering now, but we begrudgingly give him our No. 5 spot because… dang! Get well soon, Granger!

Our No. 4 slot on Rare Country’s 5 goes to the young man who is nominated for New Artist of the Year in the first annual Rare Country Awards, Kane Brown. In Nashville, he’s become a household name, but he’s still a “newbie” in the biz, and we forget that until we realize he just made his national TV debut on Ellen. He says he was scared to death, but he sure doesn’t look it.

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If you looked at Clay Walker, you’d never guess that nearly 20 years ago, he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and given just eight more years to live. Tan, handsome and every inch a cowboy, he gives props for his continued good health to his wife and this sweet video has us feeling every one of those mushy feels — every single one. And that puts Clay and his lovely bride of nine years, Jessica, in our No. 3 spot. #RelationshipGoals

Speaking of relationships, “Duck Dynasty’s” Willie Robinson didn’t lose a daughter, but gained a son-in-law when he walked his beautiful eldest daughter, Rebecca, down the aisle to say “I do” to fiancé John Loflin in Mexico. Landing at No. 2 on Rare Country’s 5, Rebecca is the picture of the boho bride in the photos she shared, wearing a breathtaking, ethereal cape instead of a traditional train. Talk about tunning!

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Occupying our No. 1 spot is a kinder, gentler Larry the Cable Guy. Larry spoke to Rare Country backstage at this year’s Charlie Daniels’ 80th birthday Volunteer Jam Nov. 30, and he admitted that he was politically conservative. In exclusive video, he spoke about how his political leanings affected his relationship with friends and fellow entertainers, and some might be surprised by what he says.


That’s it for this week’s Rare Country’s 5 with our girl, Erin. We’re ticking down the weeks until the chubby elf in red starts his journey around the world, but we’ll be back next week with even more country music news and fun in a new edition of Rare Country’s 5. Thanks for tuning in!

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