Miranda Lambert was the ultimate stage crasher in this surprise performance Getty Images/Mike Coppola
Getty Images/Mike Coppola

Just like a great playlist, this week in country music took us on a journey of human emotion that included fear, heartbreak, love and happiness. It also had a generous dose of excitement, thanks to Miranda Lambert.

It always does our hearts good to see that a country music superstar can lose their mind over another celebrity, and while Miranda played it pretty cool, she did reveal a little of her own inner fangirl when she went to see Jimmy Buffet in St. Louis. The country star got into the spirit of the beachy show, wearing a tropical print top and floral lei. But when she stepped on stage to perform Jimmy’s biggest hit single, “Margaritaville,” with the star is when she became an official Parrothead.

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We don’t imagine she’s trading in her cowboy boots for flip-flops permanently, but everyone needs a beach vacay filled with sunshine, salt water and umbrella drinks once in a while, right? Cheers, Miranda!

Cheers to Jason Aldean, too. The country star – who doesn’t get enough credit for his high-octane live shows and stellar body of work – proved just how brightly he can shine when he recorded the Garth Brooks classic, “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old).” No, he may not have grown up ropin’ and ridin’ on the range, but in a lot of other ways, Jason is every bit a cowboy, and he stepped right into Garth’s boots with this cover.

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From a frightening incident involving Toby Keith’s daughter Krystal, to a heartwarming revelation from Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman, we’ve been on a journey of the human condition this week in country music. Be sure to check out Erin Holt in this week’s Rare Country’s 5 video as she spills all the details on this amazing week.

And be sure to check back in next week when we’ll have more news and happenings from in and around country music.

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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