OFFSTAGE: Luke Bryan in Braces and More Country Cuteness

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This week’s People magazine is so worth $3.99, mostly because of pages 94-95. There are two entire pages devoted to old family photos of country stars before they were country stars. And the cutest one is Luke Bryan in braces in about 1988. Then there’s Jason Aldean as a tiny little baseball player in a tiny little baseball uniform from 1979. Carrie Underwood is seen wearing a Hard Rock T-shirt and a huge hat in her picture from a trip to Nashville in 1996. Then they have one of Jake Owen jumping in the water, smiling from ear to ear, as a kid in Florida in 1987. But the picture I love the most is Blake Shelton at about 5 years old in red-and-white striped pajamas and adorable dimples, playing a guitar. And the quote I love the most is from Miranda Lambert, who is pictured at probably 4 or 5 in pigtails on a big red swing. “I cried every day of first grade because I was away from my parents,” Lambert¬†admitted.