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These country stars have taken a big gig performing on Donald Trump's Inauguration Day Al Powers/Invision/AP
Big Kenny, left, and John Rich, of musical duo Big & Rich, arrive at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2013. (Photo by Al Powers/Invision/AP)

You can expect country music to play a big part in the festivities surrounding Donald Trump’s Presidential inauguration coming up Jan. 20, 2017. One country act with a direct link to the President-elect has signed on to play an event that night in Washington, D.C.

Big & Rich’s John Rich won NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” back when Trump was hosting the show. The two of them got to know each other very well back then.

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Now, Big & Rich has signed on to headline the Recording Industry Association of America’s inauguration charity event on Jan. 20 at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club. There’s no word if Trump himself will show up, but John Rich told us earlier this year that Trump was considering a White House bid back when they worked together on “The Celebrity Apprentice.”

In January, John told Rare Country about the conversation he had with Trump saying, “He said, ‘They want me to run for president.’ I went, ‘I heard that.’ ‘But you know, ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ I can’t do both at the same time.’ We had this little back and forth.”

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It was quite a shock to everyone when Trump actually mounted his bid for the White House.

John added, “I think the whole world went, ‘That ain’t gonna happen. No way.’”

Lo and behold, Trump pulled off the win, and John is one of the stars performing at the events surrounding Trump’s inauguration.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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