2017 Spring/Summer Country Preview: 25 Anticipated Albums, Festivals

From new releases by Angaleena Presley and Jason Isbell to annual blowouts like Stagecoach and CMA Music Festival

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CMA Music Festival

Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Dates: June 8th – 11th
The fact that Nashville's CMA Music Festival will be one of the summer's biggest country music events is no news really: from star-packed stadium shows with Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt and Miranda Lambert to smaller stages with the most promising up-and-coming acts like Luke Combs and Bailey Bryan, it's a way to cram four years' worth of concerts into four sweat n' twang-filled days. But 2017's fest also offers some welcome surprises, beyond the usual bros and Bud Light. Maren Morris, though still relatively new on the scene, gets the Nissan Stadium spotlight, and independent artists like Lillie Mae ensure that the broad spectrum of the genre shares billing with the radio heavyweights. M.M.

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