One of the beautiful things about country music is the power of a song. Country music tells a story. Some are happy, many are sad. But they speak to the lives that we all lead. That's one of the reasons I love this format of music. And sometimes those amazing songs translate into once in a lifetime live performances. That's what happened at the Dubuque County Fair for country singer Jay Allen.

Allen was there opening up for Jake Owen on July 27th. Allen is a native of Stout, Iowa. He also studied at the University of Northern Iowa. Allen wrote a song recently called 'Blank Stares'. It talks about his mother and her diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. It's a song that many people in Iowa and around the nation can relate to. The song is very personal to Allen. But this Friday night he made it even more so. He brought his mom on stage and performed it for her. Talk about emotional! Fortunately, Lori Ditmer was there and recorded the performance and uploaded it to her Facebook page.

Allen says that his mom is in the final stages of the disease. At only 53 years old, it is tough to watch. Kudos to Jay Allen for honoring his mother with the song. It no doubt will resonate with many others going through the same tough ordeal.


[via KWWL]

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