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 Mr. Charisma: Luke Combs
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Best Mr. Charisma: Luke Combs

North Carolina native Luke Combs released his debut album This One's for You the week before he played the riverfront at CMA Fest 2017, the same week his debut single "Hurricane" was reaching the top of the Country Airplay chart. He made the leap to the big stage at Nissan Stadium for the 2018 edition, toting a couple more Number One songs along with him  – not to mention a deluxe version of his album – and made the transition look completely effortless with his abundant supply of charisma and genuinely likable everyman persona. The songs ain't half bad in live form, either: "When It Rains It Pours," "One Number Away" and "She Got the Best of Me" all garnered huge applause from the stadium crowd, while Combs' album cut "Honky Tonk Highway" showed his sincere affection for (and mastery of) Nineties country styles. J.F.

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