CMA Music Fest 2016: 30 Must-See Acts

From the big stadium headliners to newcomers on the Nashville riverfront

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Lauren Alaina
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Lauren Alaina

There's a reason that former American Idol finalist Lauren Alaina manages to stay top of mind despite the five years since her last full-length release in 2011 – and that's her powerhouse, honey-toned vocals that meld timeless twang with a modern sass. Live, she's happy to pepper her performances with pop-tinged barnburners, dynamic ballads and bold stage banter, and, when she takes the Chevrolet Cruz Park Stage stage on Friday, she'll hopefully also give a preview into the 200-song thick catalogue she's been collecting for her new LP. Thursday, Radio Disney Stage; Friday, Chevrolet Cruz Park Stage

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