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 Full Body Workout: Frankie Ballard
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Best Full Body Workout: Frankie Ballard

On Thursday at the Chevy Riverfront stage, Frankie Ballard was on his knees – and not just from the heat. Instead, he brought his whole body into his set thanks to a heavy dose of James Brown style that had his thighs kissing the stage and his high notes to the sky. Ballard might be known for his penchant for infusing classic rock into his breed of country, but he's got a good dose of soul in there too, and he transported plenty to his afternoon set: along with reliable hits like "Sunshine & Whiskey" and "Helluva Life." M.M.

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