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 Next Rascal Flatts: Restless Road

Best Next Rascal Flatts: Restless Road

AJ McLean's star power satisfied a crowd of Backstreet Boys fans curious to hear his new country foray, but warm-up band Restless Road was the sleeper hit of this pre-CMA Fest showcase. Made up of Zach Beeken, Jared Keim and Garrett Nichols, the X Factor alums harmonized like the heirs to Rascal Flatts' throne on originals like "Best of Both Girls" and "Sip Away," and a cover of "Tennessee Whiskey." Later in the weekend, the trio headlined their own Saturday set at the Hard Rock Stage, where they nodded to the harmonies of the Eagles with a take on "Life in the Fast Lane." J.H.

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