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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Erin Enderlin
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Erin Enderlin

When: Friday June 8th, 11:35 am
Where: Nashville Acoustic Corner Stage
As a songwriter, Erin Enderlin has had her work cut by Luke Bryan, Randy Travis and Lee Ann Womack, but she's also an artist whose albums – one produced by Jamey Johnson – speak to the frailties of the human condition and the broken promises of American life through vibrant storytelling. Though singer-songwriter approaches like Enderlin's don't always have a place among the radio hits of CMA Fest, the new Nashville Acoustic Corner Stage will give her a unique opportunity to showcase her delicate, deeply Southern lyricism with little but a guitar: "I'm living proof that heartache still sells," she sings on Whiskeytown Crier's "The Blues Are Alive and Well." Indeed it does. M.M.

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