The mercury is dropping, the leaves are falling and the pumpkin spice lattes are flowing. And as awesome as all of that sounds—and is—none of it topped this week in country music, especially since the week found us celebrating one of our favorite stars hitting another milestone in his life.

It has been a great year to be Scotty McCreery. After fans lost their minds over his song “Five More Minutes,” Scotty released it independently to country radio. He also signed a new record deal, and then recently had the opportunity to open for Garth Brooks. As amazing as all of these professional accomplishments are, they likely come as a close second to his most recent landmark event—getting engaged to longtime girlfriend Gabi Dugal.

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We’ve had the good fortune of watching Scotty practically grow up before our very eyes, and also to see his relationship with Gabi blossom from those tender days when they were young and dating, to the commitment that two adults make to each other. It’s safe to say we aren’t the only ones that might have dropped a tear over this exciting news.


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We shed another tear or two this week when we were overcome with hysterical laughter. Not once, not twice, but three times country artist’s names—BIG country artist’s names like Luke Bryan, Kelsea Ballerini and Dierks Bentley—were botched, bombed and bumbled in the media. Bryan became Bryant, Kelsea became Chelsea and Dierks? We don’t know what the heck happened there.

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And, in typical fashion, these three young superstars took the mistakes with a good-natured chuckle.

We’re kicking off fall with a bunch of fun in this weekend’s Rare Country’s 5. Check out Erin’s countdown of our top stories that also include Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town.

And come back next week when we have more of the fun from in and around country music with 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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