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 Main Stage Vet: Darius Rucker
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Best Main Stage Vet: Darius Rucker

Since launching his super-successful country-music career, Darius Rucker has become a perennial main-stager at CMA Fest. But his sets never begin to feel stale. Chalk it up to his gift for choosing just the right set list, which this year included the oldie but goodie "Alright," the stadium sing-along of "Wagon Wheel" and his latest radio hit, "For the First Time." Of course, Rucker is no stranger to commanding large crowds since cutting his teeth during those heady Hootie days, but it's still worth pointing out just how deft of a performer he remains – in any genre. J.H.

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