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Guess the guitar: As the Houston Rodeo rides on, can you match the superstars and their musical instruments?

Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Brad Paisley RodeoHouston rodeo concert guitar March 2014

The 82nd edition of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is in the record books, but as we say an official adios, we take a close-up look at the guitars that made such beautiful music.

Photographers Michelle Watson and Chinh Phan snapped some of the musical instruments strummed by some of music's biggest names. Can you match the guitar and singer?

We'll offer a hint, with the answer on the next slide.

Let's start with an easy one:

This country music star who opened the Rodeo offers a big hint of who he is right on his guitar.

Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
Keith Urban RodeoHouston rodeo concert guitar March 2014

Previous photo: Brad Paisley's guitar.

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When he's not appearing at the Rodeo, this tattooed Australian star is an American Idol.

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Easton Corbin RodeoHouston rodeo concert guitar March 2014

Previous photo: American Idol judge Keith Urban's guitar.

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This rising country western singer made his Rodeo Houston debut and stopped by a Lucchese party.

Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Blake Shelton RodeoHouston concert guitar March 2014

Previous photo: Easton Corbin's guitar.

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This country western singer has a strong Voice.

Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Florida Georgia Line RodeoHouston rodeo concert guitar March 2014

Previous photo: Blake Shelton's guitar.

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Two Southern states make up this up-and-coming band's name. They dazzled the audience in their first rodeo appearance.

Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
The Band Perry RodeoHouston rodeo concert guitar March 2014

Previous photo: Florida Georgia Line band member's guitar.

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These Tennessee siblings included a mandolin in their Rodeo performance.

Photo by © Chinh Pham/Fotowerks Group
Luke Bryan RodeoHouston rodeo concert guitar March 2014

Previous photo: The Band Perry's Neil Perry plays the mandolin.

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This singer, known for his on-stage hip thrusts, was named Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year in 2013.

 

Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Maroon 5 RodeoHouston rodeo concert guitar March 2014

Previous photo: Luke Bryan's guitar.

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Known for a string of Top 40 pop-rock hits, this band still wowed the Rodeo crowd.

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Hunter Hayes RodeoHouston rodeo concert guitar March 2014

Previous photo: Maroon 5 band member's guitar.

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This up-and-coming country singer with the same initial in his first and last name wore his guitar on his sleeve.

Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Jake Owen RodeoHouston rodeo concert guitar

Previous photo: Hunter Hayes' guitar.

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This Florida native borrowed his neighbor's guitar and taught himself to play it after a wakeboarding accident. He eventually found Days of Gold.

Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
Jason Aldean RodeoHouston rodeo concert guitar March 2014

Previous photo: Jake Owen's guitar.

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This Relentless Georgia football fan owns a bulldog named Athens, for the location of the university.

Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
REO Speedwagon RodeoHouston rodeo concert guitar March 2014

Previous photo: Jason Aldean's guitar.

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This '70s rock band "Can't Fight This Feeling."

Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Eli Young Band RodeoHouston rodeo concert guitar March 2014

Previous photo: Guitar of REO Speedwagon band member.

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This four-man country music band met while students at the University of North Texas.

Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Zac Brown Band at RodeoHouston March 2014

Previous photo: Guitar of Eli Young Band member.

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The Zac Brown Band closed the Rodeo with a chord of thanks.