CMA Music Festival 2018: 30 Best Things We Saw

From Carrie Underwood and Chris Stapleton's main-stage stunners to breakout sets by Ashley McBryde and Dillon Carmichael

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Best Conversation: Ashley Monroe and Tyler Mahan Coe
Chad Driver26/30

Best Conversation: Ashley Monroe and Tyler Mahan Coe

As the Saturday afternoon temperature climbed and Nashville's streets neared stifling capacity, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Ford Theater provided a calm oasis with Ashley Monroe's performance of songs from her recently released Sparrow LP. But rather than the lush string sections accompanying her on the album, her only accoutrements were a Gibson acoustic guitar and the presence of Tyler Mahan Coe, creator of the infinitely compelling Cocaine and Rhinestones podcast. Coe's interaction with the East Tennessee-born singer between songs was more causal conversation than straightforward interview, a perfect accompaniment to her organic, delicate storytelling. S.B.

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