CMA Music Festival 2017: 20 Best Free Concerts

From Keith Urban and Bobby Bare to Brothers Osborne and Maren Morris

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Kassi Ashton

Kassi Ashton

When: Saturday, June 10th, 3:40 p.m.
Where: Music City Stage
In two short years, Maren Morris went from playing the tailgate party outside of Nissan Stadium to, this Saturday, taking the stage right smack inside. It's the kind of rise we wouldn't be surprised to see from Kassi Ashton, who was signed to Luke Laird's Creative Nation publishing before she even graduated college. You practically need a football field to house the massive pipes on this Missouri native, who melds the sass of Morris and the soulful boom of Chris Stapleton with a style all her own. Case in point: a performance in 2016 when Ashton transitioned a subdued version of Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man" into a raging blues-rock take on Elle King's "Ex's & Oh's" by kicking her legs up from a stool and proclaiming, "God bless you, Tammy Wynette, but that ain't gonna work for me, I'm sorry." Only someone with both talent and guts by the boatload could pull that off – and she did.  

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