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In the entertainment industry, the word “star” gets thrown around quite a bit. Successful celebrities are called “superstars” and those who haven’t quite achieved a large level of success, but are hopeful, are called “rising stars.”

But when it comes to stars, even a country music superstar the magnitude of Garth Brooks can’t touch what his newest duet partner has touched.

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Garth is in Houston for the kickoff of Rodeo Houston at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where he’ll take the stage at the NRG Stadium on Feb. 27.  But on the Feb. 26 episode of his Facebook Live series, “Inside Studio G,” Garth not only took viewers onto the stage set-up and equipment that will give concertgoers an up-close view, he also staged an impromptu duet.

Now, it’s Texas, so Garth had a virtual smorgasbord of country singers and songwriters he could have pulled onto the stage during this Facebook Live. But, in typical Garth style, he went outside the box.

And onto the moon.

It’s Texas, and it’s Houston, the home of NASA’s Johnson Space Center and Mission Control. So when Garth heard that astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson sings a particular song before launch—“The River,” he invited her to join him on his Monday night web show.

With just a simple guitar and Garth singing harmony, Tracy sang a chorus of “The River” in the middle of NRG Stadium, and live to thousands of Facebook viewers.

“You sing well enough to be on this stage, but I’m not smart enough to be up there [in space],” Garth said before welcoming astronauts Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson from the space station back to Houston.

In spite of what Tracy has seen flying on the space shuttles Endeavour and Expedition 23, she told Garth that the view from the stage of NRG stadium was “immense.”

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo just finished its annual barbecue cook-off and now rolls into the official events that make up the largest rodeo and livestock show in the world. The three-week event also includes a parade, 10K and 5K races, trail rides, a huge carnival, a professional rodeo and concerts every night following the rodeo events.

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Other country stars performing at NRG during this year’s HLSR include Little Big Town, Blake Shelton, Kelsea Ballerini, Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan, Chris Young, Cody Johnson, Zac Brown Band, Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton, Brad Paisley and then Garth will return to close out the 20 days of cowboys and country music.

And if you aren’t finished partying after those concerts are over, you can head to the Hideout to hear some of the best of Texas country like Junior Gordon, Kimberly Dunn, and Josh Grider.

And don’t leave without getting a funnel cake. They’re some of the best, too!

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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