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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Russell Dickerson
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Russell Dickerson

Russell Dickerson had a five-year wait between his self-released debut album and his latest, the 2016 EP Yours, but while the title track is worth the wait alone, the biggest surprise might be "Blue Tacoma," a song about a drive up the California coast with his wife. At the HGTV Stage, the Nashville native reached into the audience, rewarding a lucky few with the literal action from the chorus of "always having your hand to hold." The deep cut has caught fire on Spotify – 15 million plays to date – and Dickerson said he's now scrambling to follow up its unexpected success with an accompanying video. Add it to the to-do list, which also includes releasing a 12-song full-length this fall. J.G. 

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