CMA Music Fest 2016: 30 Must-See Acts

From the big stadium headliners to newcomers on the Nashville riverfront

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The Cadillac Three
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The Cadillac Three

The Cadillac Three are one of country's most fascinating enigmas. With only three members, their ridiculously fun, sludgy country-rock is still considerably louder than any other band playing CMA Fest this weekend (and most at Bonnaroo). Furthermore, TC3's singer Jaren Johnston is one of Music Row's most in-demand hit songwriters, responsible for Keith Urban's "Raise 'Em Up" and Frankie Ballard's "Sunshine & Whiskey," among others. Still, fame eludes his own band. With a new album due in August, Bury Me in My Boots, this CMA Fest is the time to correct that. Thursday, Chevrolet Riverfront Stage

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