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 Dirty Host: Wheeler Walker Jr.
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Best Dirty Host: Wheeler Walker Jr.

CMA Fest is scattered with parties, both official and under-the-radar, but Thursday night's shindig thrown by Nashville cool-kids media company Thirty Tigers and Yeti Coolers stood out for its pinch-me weirdness. Kid Rock, Lucinda Williams and members of the Mavericks milled about sipping cocktails out of the much-coveted ice-cold tumblers, while Maren Morris and Jake Owen showed up to see the night's de facto host Wheeler Walker Jr. perform his filthy country songs. Walker (the alter ego of comic Ben Hoffman) was typically loose-lipped, lambasting CMT for having Pitbull on their awards show and generally talking shit about anyone and everyone. But it was his ability to coax both Morris and Owen onstage to sing songs off his raunchy Redneck Shit album that showed he was the host with the most...balls. 

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