Can you guess Who's in the Hat?

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Grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Before becoming a star, this artist was a songwriter. His songs were cut by artists such as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John Conlee, and Highway 101. He also co-wrote the McBride and the Ride hit 'Sacred Ground.'

Former president and chairman of the Country Music Association.

This is not Dale Earnhardt.