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 Hippie Soul: Maggie Rose
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Best Hippie Soul: Maggie Rose

Maggie Rose has come into her own with this current earth-conscious, trippy country-soul stage of her ever-evolving musical persona. Once a more reserved performer, Rose's performance at the Chevy Breakout Stage (and her Sunday appearance at Bonnaroo's Grand Ole Opry showcase) showed her embracing her inner soul diva, belting with fire on "It's You" and the pulverizing "Pull You Through." Just to drive the point home, Rose and her band even stretched out on a swinging cover of "The Letter," doing a more-than-respectable impression of the funky Mad Dogs & Englishman arrangement originally sung by Joe Cocker. J.F.

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