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 Gonna Need a Bigger Stage: Ashley McBryde
Jordan O'Donnell12/30

Best Gonna Need a Bigger Stage: Ashley McBryde

The Chevy Breakout Stage in Walk of Fame Park played host to some well-attended sets, but none attracted the tremendous crowd that Ashley McBryde did. The Arkansas singer-songwriter packed in fans eager to sing along with cuts like "A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega," "Girl Goin' Nowhere" and the magnificent "American Scandal," which McBryde introduced by relaying how folks ask her if the Marilyn Monroe and JFK name-checking belter is a love song. That's for the listener to decide, she said, before delivering a passionate performance that left little doubt how the songwriter felt. J.H.

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