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 John Mayer Tribute: Lindsay Ell
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Best John Mayer Tribute: Lindsay Ell

Lindsay Ell was the only solo female act (trio Runaway June also performed) to play Ascend Amphitheater on the festival's first night, a trend that would be replicated across other stages throughout the weekend. For her half-hour set, she tore through songs from her 2017 debut album The Project, offering up some serious guitar shredding whenever the opportunity presented itself. She even threw in John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change," from her latest release The Continuum Project, which reimagines Mayer's 2006 album Continuum from start to finish. B.M.

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