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Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson Close Out ‘CMA Music Festival’ Special

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Country was given one night to rock our local ABC stations, and they managed to shake things up well into Monday. Zac Brown Band had the honor of closing out ‘CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock’ event with a second performance, which they did with Alan Jackson‘s help on ‘As She’s Walking Away.’

Even though the thousands of fans that packed the festival knew what was coming, they still screamed in unison when Jackson walked out to lend his hand to the song, which charted as a No. 1 single last fall. Brown kept his poker face on, as usual, but he expressed on the ‘Today’ show on Friday that every day he has to pinch himself.

Brown and his band delivered their song ‘Keep Me in Mind’ to the crowd earlier in the evening, but it didn’t quite hold a candle to their collaboration with the iconic Jackson. There’s no question that the ‘Little Bitty’ hitmaker paved the way for many of the artists who performed during tonight’s television event, like Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley — you name it — and having Jackson wrap up ‘Country’s Night to Rock’ was a special way to pay tribute to a man who brought things full circle.

Watch a Clip of Zac Brown Singing With Alan Jackson

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