CMA Music Fest 2016: 30 Must-See Acts

From the big stadium headliners to newcomers on the Nashville riverfront

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Chris Stapleton
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Chris Stapleton

Following his sensational CMA Awards performance with Justin Timberlake back in November, Chris Stapleton immediately became one of the hottest tickets in all of country music. Multiple sold-out nights in every city beckoned an intense, feverish hysteria from the crowds lucky enough to see the Kentucky native perform — he doesn't traffic in showy rock & roll stage moves, he just sings and strums his guitar. But with a voice as big and powerful as Stapleton's singing about breaking up and getting stoned, anything else would be overkill. Friday, Nissan Stadium

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