CMA Music Fest 2015: 25 Must-See Acts

From superstars to up-and-comers, the acts that will make "country's biggest party" one to remember

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Muddy Magnolias
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Muddy Magnolias

Male-male duos are a country staple — from Brooks & Dunn to Florida Georgia Line — but the power pair of Jessy Wilson and Kallie North show it isn't only a boys' club. With North's porch-side Mississippi roots and Wilson's asphalt Brooklyn breeding, they bring a sound that melds city grit and Delta dirt, exploding onstage not like two lead singers but more like parts of the same whole — sometimes back-to-back, sometimes sharing a mic, sometimes favoring unison over harmonies. Last year, Rolling Stone Country crowned them CMA Fest's Best Unsigned Duo after an explosive set; this time, they hit the stage with an I.R.S record deal and a set of R&B-tinged country grooves they've been honing with Butch Walker. (Friday, 6 p.m., BMI Tailgate Party at LP Field)

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