CMA Music Festival 2017: 26 Best Things We Saw

From Miranda Lambert's fiery main-stage return to Luke Combs' star-making turn

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Midland

While Luke Bryan was wrapping up Night One of CMA Fest on the massive football-stadium stage across the river, smooth-country trio Midland sweated it out in a jammed honky-tonk on Lower Broadway. All of them sporting 10-gallons and Western shirts, the band re-created a Texas dancehall in the Whiskey Bent Saloon, harmonizing on Strait-evoking tunes like "Check Cashin' Country" and "Electric Rodeo." During new single "Drinkin' Problem," cell phones in the air were as ubiquitous as hoisted beers, suggesting Midland just might have a 100 proof hit on their hands. J.H.