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 New Duo: Muscadine Bloodline
Jordan O'Donnell25/30

Best New Duo: Muscadine Bloodline

The Alabama twosome of Charlie Muncaster and Gary Stanton kicked off their CMA Fest with a mid-morning acoustic performance at Spotify's Hot Country showcase at Ole Red, but plugged in later that afternoon for a full-band gig on the Chevy Breakout Stage. Both performances highlighted a duo that is poised to be the next big thing. With fan favorites like "Movin' On," "Porch Swing Angel" and the why-didn't-anyone-write-this-chorus-before "WD-40," Muscadine Bloodline captivated a sweltering crowd of supporters. But the duo's songwriting is just part of their appeal: Muncaster's voice draws you in with its resonant Alabama twang, while Stanton's guitar playing, which blends rhythmic riffing and melodic leads into a deceptively tricky style, keeps you hooked J.H.

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