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

We go backstage and onstage to capture pics of Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church and more

Carrie Underwood at CMA Music Fest

Carrie Underwood walks backstage at the 2016 CMA Music Fest.

Joseph Llanes

The summer heat descended on Nashville Friday, June 10th, but CMA Music Festival had the artists to match, bringing the crowds out in droves to see performances on many different stages. 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.

Eric Paslay

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Eric Paslay

Eric Paslay posed beside the Cumberland River before three performances at CMA Music Fest: at the HGTV Lodge, the Chevy Cruze Riverfront Stage and a special album preview party at the CMA Close Up stage.

Charles Esten CMA Music Fest

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Charles Esten

Charles Esten smiles at CMA Music Fest on Friday, the same day it was announced that his show, Nashville has been picked up by CMT.

CMA Music Fest

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Justin Moore, Hank Williams Jr., Chris Janson

Justin Moore and Chris Janson were surprise guests at Nissan Stadium for Hank Williams Jr.'s set.

Scott Borchetta CMA Music Fest

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Scott Borchetta

American Idol mentor and Big Machine Label Group founder Scott Borchetta played guitar for Hank Williams Jr. at CMA Music Fest.