CMA Music Fest 2015: 25 Must-See Acts

From superstars to up-and-comers, the acts that will make "country's biggest party" one to remember

Maren Morris
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Maren Morris

Texas-bred, Nashville-residing Maren Morris has become a fixture on the local songwriting scene since arriving to town in 2013, crafting tunes with the likes of Shane McAnally, Natalie Hemby and Chris DeStefano and scoring cuts from Kelly Clarkson and Tim McGraw. But Morris is a stellar solo artist in her own right, with songs that showcase her dynamite southern bellow, laced with hints of pop and soul, and lyrics that are brutally honest snips at modern life and (sometimes unsuccessful) attempts at love. Like good pal Kacey Musgraves, her live shows are equal parts poignant and witty, often capturing a room with little more than a great turn-of-phrase and an acoustic guitar — though she's equally capable of dropping the instrument, bringing on the band and launching into a full-scale country kiss-off. (Thursday, 4:45 pm, BMI Tailgate Party at LP Field)

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