25 Best Things We Saw at CMA Music Fest 2016

From Eric Church's show of artistic rebellion to Maren Morris's bohemian spirit

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Best Kinship: Hillary Scott & the Scott Family
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Best Kinship: Hillary Scott & the Scott Family

After 10 years with Lady Antebellum, Hillary Scott used this appearance at CMA Music Fest to remind fans of an older and more fundamental association. Joined by her mother Linda Davis, a country star in her own right, her father Lang Scott and younger sister Rylee, she soothed the throb of Saturday-night excess with songs that went down easy and conveyed faith-based messages without being preachy. Backed by members of Lady A's band, Hillary stood at center stage and sang most of the leads. As she belted her musical affirmation of belief, "Thy Will," Linda and Rylee were reduced to tears. But the strongest moments came when all four voices united — on the family-affirming "Love Remains," in the responsive harmonies to Lang's buoyant vocals on "The Old Country Church" and on the finale, Lady A's "American Honey." 

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