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CMA Music Fest 2016: Rolling Stone Country’s Best Photos From Day One

Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett all pose for our cameras

Miranda Lambert at CMA Fest

Miranda Lambert poses backstage at Nissan Stadium at CMA Music Festival.

Joseph Llanes

CMA Music Festival kicked off in Nashville on Thursday, offering the thousands of fans gathered a chance to see some of the genre's biggest stars and most promising young artists. Joseph Llanes is the only photographer allowed in the backstage hallways of Nissan Stadium, where country music's biggest acts are performing. He brings us these exclusive photos from behind-the-scenes and from the front row.

A Thousand Horses at CMA Music Fest

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A Thousand Horses

Bill Satcher, Zach Brown, Michael Hobby and Graham Deloach of A Thousand Horses pose against the backdrop of the Cumberland River. 

Maddie & Tae at CMA Music Fest

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Maddie & Tae

Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye were among the highlights of the Riverfront stage lineup, performing their new single "Sierra."

Drake White at CMA Music Fest

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Drake White and the Big Fire

Drake White and his band the Big Fire delivered a high-energy performance, including current single "Livin' the Dream."

The Oak Ridge Boys at CMA Music Fest

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The Oak Ridge Boys

The Oaks, who were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame last year, were a high-energy highlight of the Nissan Stadium main stage. 

The Cadillac Three at CMA Music Fest

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The Cadillac Three

The Cadillac Three pose before their set at the Riverfront Stage, where they roared through songs like "The South" and "Party Like You."

Miranda Lambert at CMA Fest

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Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert told reporters that she'd have new music out by mid-summer during her press-conference appearance at CMA Music Festival. 

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