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Dec 29

Jo Dee Messina, Luke Bryan: Stars Inaugurate 2011

Luke Bryan photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

A new year is around the corner, and so are new administrations in many of the nation’s states. Not to mention a few new folks occupying seats in Congress.

That means parties, and that also means an opportunity for country stars to show off their wares. Jo Dee Messina, Luke Bryan, John Michael Montgomery and LeAnn Rimes have all been enlisted to help usher the politicians into their new positions in four different locales.

Here’s what’s on tap in 2011’s inaugural month:

• Jo Dee will play a Jan. 7 concert at the Knitting Factory in Boise to celebrate the election of Butch Otter. According to The Idaho Statesman, tickets to the show are $35, though if you want to drop $150, you can take part in a private reception with both Jo Dee and the Guv.

• Luke has agreed to perform Jan. 10 at Philips Arena in Atlanta at a concert that welcomes Nathan Deal into Georgia’s top office, Jacobs Media reports. Luke is, of course, a Georgia native. So is Mark Wills, who’s also participating in a Jan. 8 Day of Service concert that honors the state’s volunteers.

• Newly engaged LeAnn was already engaged to play a Jan. 4 swearing-in event at the W Hotel in Washington, D.C., that’s actually a fund-raising opportunity for several new Republican members of Congress. According to OutsideTheBeltway.com, tickets are a whopping $2,500 apiece.

Aaron Tippin, John Michael Montgomery, Lee Greenwood and Rockie Lynne are among the artists playing military-appreciation concert in conjunction with the inauguration of Florida Governor Rick Scott Jan. 3 in Tallahassee.

Texas and Tennessee both have inaugural ceremonies slated for January, and those states being what they are, it’s likely that country stars will have a role in the entertainment at one or both. Neither state has announced its plans thus far.

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