It was a rough week in country music.

Even though his family had given us plenty of time to prepare for the inevitable, it still took our breath away when we learned of the heartbreaking passing of the legendary Glen Campbell on August 8. The Arkansas native’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease had been courageous and long, and from it came a greater awareness of the disease’s debilitating effects.

And while Glen chronicled how his memory would eventually be gone in the song, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” the country music community rallied to provide its own strong memories of the “Rhinestone Cowboy.” Tributes and memorials poured in from all areas of the world of entertainment, showing how this singer, songwriter, musician and actor touched so many with his diverse talents.

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But even as Glen was laid to rest, we were reminded of how life provides us with new beginnings for every ending.

The first in the next generation of Lady Antebellum, Hillary Scott’s little girl Eisele has finally shaken her stage fright and proven she can shine behind a microphone just like her talented mom. But instead of covering one of Lady A’s big hits, the little girl with the big voice took on Ray Charles’ classic standard, “Hit the Road Jack,” and a recent Lady A show. And even when “uncles” Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood jumped in on harmonies, she didn’t miss a note or a beat.

And so it begins.

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In spite of country music’s big loss, there was plenty of good news, too, including the announcement of new music from Luke Bryan. You can hear about all of our biggest stories as host Erin Holt takes you through Rare Country’s 5.

And be sure to check back in next week when we have more fun lists and news in and around country music in Rare Country’s 5.

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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