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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Devin Dawson
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Devin Dawson

When: Saturday, June 9th, 1:45 p.m.
Where: Chevy Riverfront Stage
Devin Dawson is one of those rare beasts of the Internet era, an artist who first came to notoriety via a viral video but has gone on to carve out his own artistic personality. In the California native's case, it was a mash-up of Taylor Swift songs (performed with friend Louisa Wendorff) that put him on the map, but it was his own killer songwriting and silky smooth, R&B-inflected vocals that landed him a Warner Music Nashville deal. Dark Horse, Dawson's debut LP, came out last winter, and his forward-thinking blend of styles is the stuff to make you weak in the knees — even when he throws some hints of his metal past into the mix, which he's prone to do. J.G.

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