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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Austin Jenckes

When: Thursday, June 7th, 3:05
Where: Nashville Acoustic Corner Stage
If you know Austin Jenckes, there's a better than average chance that it's from his past life – i.e., when he was a contestant on NBC's The Voice in 2013, belting out a wrenching rendition of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man." He's certainly got the tools to deliver a showstopper, with a set of smoky, soulful pipes that deliver a Chris Stapleton-worthy gut punch. But Jenckes, whose songs have been recorded by Lee Brice, really excels when singing his own material like the ghostly "Same Beer, Different Day" or heartland stomper "Ride Away." Jenckes is perfectly comfortable on a big stage, but catching him in this intimate setting at the Bridgestone Arena visitor center will be the perfect up-close opportunity to hear just what the Washington state native is made of. J.G.

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