CMA Music Festival 2018: 20 Best Free Concerts

From Ashley McBryde and Michael Ray to the Last Bandoleros and Midland, the must-see no-ticket-required sets this week in Nashville

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Ashley McBryde

Ashley McBryde

When: Thursday, June 7th, 3:10 p.m.
Where: Chevy Breakout Stage
If you love country music with compelling storytelling, look no further than Ashley McBryde. Upon the release of her debut album Girl Going Nowhere, the Arkansas-born songwriter earned comparisons to Brandy Clark and her musical champion, Eric Church, thanks in large part to her uncanny knack for documenting the trials and tribulations of small-town life in unflinching detail. McBryde's Thursday set at the Chevy Breakout Stage is sure to be one of the festival's more stirring displays of songwriting – and a can't-miss. B.M.

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