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 One-Man Band: Morgan Evans
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Best One-Man Band: Morgan Evans

A certain respect is reserved for solo performers like Ed Sheeran who are able to capture the force of a full band with just a loop pedal and unflinching creative confidence. Count Morgan Evans among those artists. The Australia native proved his musical mettle at Ascend Amphitheater on Saturday night, where he played a phenomenal solo set designed to dispatch any misconception that a singer needs background musicians to get an audience on their feet and dancing. Evans embellished his current hit "Kiss Somebody," currently docked at Number 12 on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart, with looped harmonies, guitar strums and the song's rhythmic main riff. While a backing band can sure bring extra heat, Evans proved he's capable of going it alone. L.L.

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