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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Michael Ray
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Michael Ray

When: Saturday, June 9th, 8:55 p.m.
Where: Cracker Barrel Country Roads Stage Ascend Amphitheater
Florida native Michael Ray's early hits like "Kiss You in the Morning" and "Think a Little Less" positioned him as a sly loverman and radio rewarded him for it with a Number One and Two song, respectively. Onstage, he's the embodiment of that persona and then some – an ace guitar player, Ray can rip with the best of them or just as easily scale back to sing a vulnerable, stone-country ballad. He'll have multiple opportunities to show all these sides with several performances scheduled throughout CMA Music Festival. Ray will also be coming into this year's Fest with the wind in his sails: his new album Amos (named for his grandfather) just arrived on Friday, June 1st, and his current single "Get to You" is looking like a legitimate hit as it makes its way through the Top 20. J.F.

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