The queen crowned a country music prince, and “The Gambler” dealt a full house Getty Images/Terry Wyatt
Getty Images/Terry Wyatt

Concerts and weddings and babies, oh my! It seemed everywhere we turned there was something worth celebrating in country music this past week. Rare Country’s 5 takes a look at five of the biggest stories of the week and sure enough, there were plenty of reasons to raise a glass!

There are so many stars that deserve to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, but this year, it was Alan Jackson’s turn. And while he’s definitely one of our favorites and so worthy of this honor, we aren’t sure we can beat Loretta Lynn’s show of support. Ms. Loretta hasn’t been out much since she suffered a stroke in May, but it seems pretty obvious nothing was going to keep her from hanging that gold medallion around sweet Alan’s neck.

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Of course, Loretta wasn’t the only superstar there to honor Alan. George Strait, Lee Ann Womack and Alison Krauss were also on hand to serenade the superstar.

But Alan didn’t corner the market on par-tays!

Later in the week, Kenny Rogers was the honoree at a tribute concert in Nashville that brought some of country and pop’s finest voices out to sing Kenny classics like “20 Years Ago,” “Through the Years” and “The Gambler.” And the night would not have been complete without one of Kenny’s biggest hits and most bodacious duet partners, Dolly Parton, there to perform their signature duet, “Islands In the Stream” for what might be the last time. Yes, Kenny is winding down his final tour, and while we celebrate his iconic career, our hearts are breaking a little.

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Before any of this fun happened, though, there was a weekend of wedding and baby celebrations. And there was one (kind of) unexpected announcement from one of our favorite rockers. Check out these stories in our new installment of Rare Country’s 5.

And be sure to check back in next week when we have more of the fun and news from 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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