CMA Music Fest 2016: 30 Must-See Acts

From the big stadium headliners to newcomers on the Nashville riverfront

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Courtney Cole

Talented Courtney Cole had the incredible (and incredibly difficult) job of opening shows on Miranda Lambert's Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour last fall and somehow only needed a couple of acoustic guitars and a cajon to win over fans. With songs like "Drunk" and "Ladylike," the Mandeville, Louisiana, native balances sweetness and sentimentality with a progressive feminist streak and a casual ease with melody, flexing her impressive range strategically for maximum impact. If the crowds are anything like the unsuspecting folks who saw her on Lambert's tour, she should have them eating out of the palm of her hand by the second song. Sunday, Gildan Broadway Stage at Hard Rock Cafe

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