Best Time Warp: Nelson
Having Nineties pop-metal duo Nelson — twin brothers Matthew and Gunnar Nelson — on the CMA Festival schedule would seem to scream "throwaway," a sure-to-be poorly attended slot on the already lesser-attended final day. But nothing could have been further from the reality. Performing their pre-grunge radio staples "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection" and "After the Rain," along with new material, the sons of teen idol Rick Nelson were a revelation — and clearly maintain a passionate fan base. With Winger and Tesla t-shirts spotted in the impressive crowd, the line between modern country and hair-rock was never more blurred, resulting in an unconventional mix of fan. Even so, nearly all sang along when Nelson saluted their late dad with a show-closing "Garden Party" — and then promptly lined up for an autograph.