CMA Music Festival 2017: 26 Best Things We Saw

From Miranda Lambert's fiery main-stage return to Luke Combs' star-making turn

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If there was an award for CMA Fest Team Player, the 2017 edition would go to RaeLynn. The "Love Triangle" singer-songwriter played an incredible five shows during the week – Pandora's country showcase on Tuesday, the Cracker Barrel Stage, Radio Disney, Chevrolet Riverfront Stage and a stripped-down set at HGTV Lodge – along with signing fan autographs at multiple intervals. It was a display of generosity and stamina that fit with the classic Fan Fair mentality of engaging close-up with one's fans, which is part of the reason her debut album Wildhorse has been so successful without a huge radio hit. The other reason: it's just damn good. J.F.

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