25 Best Things We Saw at CMA Music Fest 2016

From Eric Church's show of artistic rebellion to Maren Morris's bohemian spirit

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Best Country Charm: Ashley Monroe
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Best Country Charm: Ashley Monroe

Other than the fact that country radio still hasn't figured out how to make a tasty salad, there's really no reason Ashley Monroe shouldn't be hugely famous. She's now released two albums of exquisitely crafted songs and her brief Ascend Amphitheater set demonstrated she has the versatility to keep crowds interested, veering from the gritty honky-tonk of "Two Weeks Late" to a New Orleans country-funk take on the Pistol Annies' "Bad Example" and devastating ballads like "The Blade." Through it all, she won the crowd over with her charm and tonal complexity, rather than bowling them over with phasers set to stun.

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