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37 Best Things We Saw at CMA Music Fest 2014

From Miranda Lambert’s sass to Richie Sambora’s surprise, what entertained us most at country’s biggest festival

Dierks Bentley, Kimberly Perry and Richie SamboraDierks Bentley, Kimberly Perry and Richie Sambora

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 The underlying theme at this year's CMA Music Festival, which wrapped up its four-day run on Sunday, was one of re-discovery: Both new acts and veterans reminded us just how powerful country music can be with performances that ranged from the massive (Miranda Lambert at LP Field) to the intimate (Striking Matches at the HGTV Lodge). As Nashville was inundated with dedicated fans, coming from as far away as Australia, Rolling Stone Country canvassed downtown, catching as many shows as possible and soaking in the country culture. Here's 37 of the best things we witnessed. By Adam Gold, Jewly Hight, Joseph Hudak, Katy Lindenmuth, Margaret Littman and Marissa Moss


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