CMA Music Fest 2016: 30 Must-See Acts

From the big stadium headliners to newcomers on the Nashville riverfront

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Kip Moore
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Kip Moore

At some point, Kip Moore just decided to embrace comparisons to Bruce Springsteen when it comes to his performance style. The Georgia-born singer, whose second album Wild Ones trafficked heavily in Eighties Springsteen-as-sex-symbol mode, makes singing live seem like a heroic gesture — his toned, bare arms reaching skyward and hips swiveling like Elvis in heat. With songs like "Beer Money" and "Hey Pretty Girl," he comes on alternately rebellious and sweet, and his delivery makes it feel like he's singing directly to every individual in the room. Baby, he was born to run the stage. Thursday, HGTV Lodge

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