CMA Fest updates: Dierks Bentley brings the heat to Nissan Stadium (2024)

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Dierks Bentley plays like he's been thirsty for it Ashley McBryde's star-making surge continues Alabama receive roaring CMA Fest ovation, receive CMA's Pinnacle Award Josh Turner's traditional country vibes bring CMA Fest back after an extended storm delay Nissan Stadium gates to open at 7:30 p.m. Lady A play Spotify House as fans hunker down Fans, Nissan Stadium employees asked to shelter in place Fans find music while sheltering from weather threat CMA daytime stages closed, Nissan gates delayed Fans shelter in place as stage shutdown continues Lightning shuts down stages David Morris brings a different sound to the Reverb Stage Megan Moroney draw a crowd to Riverfront Stage Wynona Judd, Trisha Yearwood talk grief, growth at CMA Fest Tanner Adell: A mix between Shania and Beyonce? Blessing Offor takes the crowd to church Christian Paul performs first CMA show day after wedding Chase Matthew wakes up the Sunday crowd at Riverfront Stage Must-see sets on CMA Fest Day 4 Weather forecast for Sunday at CMA Fest Little Big Town's harmonies excite euphoric CMA Fest crowd Jason Aldean delivers his familiar brand of 'blue collar' hits Elle King: country music super star, or impromptu wedding officiant? Nashville pool party vibes with Dustin Lynch Dreams realized at Willie Jones set Boot stompin' and hoof clompin': Metro Police keep the peace Jackson Dean thrills the crowd at Riverfront Riverfront Stage at capacity Fans head to food truck row for festival eats Laura Veltz takes the stage for Songwriter Session K. Michelle aka Puddin gives first country music concert Country fans travel to Nashville from far and wide Must-see sets on CMA Fest Day 3 Weather forecast for Day 3 of CMA Fest Jelly Roll, country's unlikely superstar, arrives on Nissan Stadium's 50-yard-line Miranda Lambert's 'Something Bad' gets a surprise 'Sk8er Boi' update Reba McEntire joins Cody Johnson, shocking the crowd Tanya Tucker's resurgence continues at Nissan Stadium Few medical issues as temperatures rise at CMA Fest Fashion trends at CMA Fest A Chapel Hart party is a Vibe Next Women of Country shines spotlight on emerging artists Lainey Wilson and emerging artists play Nashville's Bell Tower Mother and daughter take Spotlight Stage Dr. Pepper Amp Stage reaches capacity Reba McEntire shares new book Riverfront Stage reaches capacity Block party: CMA Fest Day 2 kicks off Weather forecast for CMA Fest Day 2 Must-see sets for Day 2 at CMA Fest's Riverfront Stage: CMA Fest: Night one highlights by Marcus Dowling Luke Combs' surprise duet Jordan Davis takes it up a notch Bailey Zimmerman sings about heartbreak At capacity Relaxed atmosphere Couple attends 10th CMA Fest Pillbox Patti brings unique stage presence Medical incidents far 49 Winchester kicks off set at Spotify House Alcohol sales 'innumerable' Lauren Alaina keeps the good vibes going Riverfront Stage will close and open throughout the day Lainey Wilson kicking off Riverfront Stage Riverfront Stage gates close Aristocrat of Bands kicks off 50th CMA Fest What to know about attending CMA Fest CMA Road Closures CMA weather forecast Who is on the lineup for Thursday

Kirsten Fiscus,Craig Shoup,Marcus K. Dowling,Angele Latham,Vivian JonesNashville Tennessean

CMA Fest is drawing to a close after thousands of fans flocked to downtown Nashville for country music this weekend.

Severe weather threatened the evening acts as a thunderstorm rolled through Nashville bringing lightning, downpours and winds, prompting festival officials to delay entry into Nissan Stadium.

Follow along here for the Tennessean's live coverage of the artists, weather, fashion and other highlights from the festival.

More: Eric Church and 4 more top Saturday moments that took CMA Fest to new heights

Dierks Bentley plays like he's been thirsty for it

There wasn't a moment to sit and catch a breath for thousands of fans during Dierks Bentley's set. Despite the late-night air continuing to cool after evening rainfall, there was no shortage of heat on the stage.

The hitmaker and CMA Fest TV special host had the crowd singing along to several songs, including "I Hold On" and "Drunk on a Plane."

"There's gonna be some people really hurting at the airport tomorrow morning," Bentley said as he introduced the nearly 10-year old hit. Fans still knew every word.

The applause didn't run out of steam for Bentley's triumphant exit. The band lined up, arms around each other to stand for a moment, basking it in.

Ashley McBryde's star-making surge continues

Ashley McBryde's excellent 30-minute set was kicked off with her calmly stating "Hi, I'm Ashley, these are my guys, and we're gonna sing some songs we made up."

Such overwhelming humility was okay five years ago when her stardom was emerging after her breakout hit "Girl Goin' Nowhere." However, her critically-acclaimed 2022 album "Ashley McBryde presents: Lindeville" will be followed by her September 8 release "The Devil I Know."

"I used to play in bars when I was 19," McBryde said introducing her forthcoming album's title track.

"Thanks, it's working out. I would tell my parents they weren't bars and tell the bars I wasn't 19. I could tell you the story but I'd rather just sing it."

McBryde concluded her foot-stomping set with a kiss blown to the crowd at the end of 2020 hit "One Night Standards."

Alabama receive roaring CMA Fest ovation, receive CMA's Pinnacle Award

After over 50 years together and having been the first country music artists to regularly play football stadiums, Alabama completed their Sunday night set at Nissan Stadium and were presented the CMA's Pinnacle Award.

Via the organization's website, the award "recognizes a country artist who has undeniably redefined the pinnacle of success in the genre by achieving prominence through concert performances, consumption numbers, record sales, and/or other significant industry achievements at levels unique for country music."

The band's 50 No. 1 hits and seven platinum albums and hits including "Love in the First Degree" (1981), "Mountain Music" (1982), "Dixieland Delight" (1983), "If You're Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)" (1984) and "Song of the South" (1988) established them as a group Jason Aldean referred to as "The Beatles of country music" in pre-show comments on Saturday evening at CMA Fest.

The award -- not intended to be given annually -- has also been received by Garth Brooks in 2005, Taylor Swift in 2013 and in 2016 by Kenny Chesney.

Moved to tears by the honor, band members Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry mentioned their recently deceased original member (and cousin) Jeff Cook, who died in November 2022.

Josh Turner's traditional country vibes bring CMA Fest back after an extended storm delay

Josh Turner's earnest baritone voice is beloved in the annals of country music's history because of its ability to seemingly both simultaneously fall from the heavens and weave its way into listeners' souls.

Thus, after a five-hour musical delay, his songs "Why Don't We Just Dance," "Your Man" and "Long Black Train" were ideal to replace the rain that had fallen from Nashville's skies.

Each of the offerings were met with wild applause.

What Turner himself always self-effacingly calls "old-timey" traditional country, folk and gospel vibes that recall Hank Williams and other stars who existed in the genre prior to the age of color television were just what the CMA Fest crowd needed to comfortably ease back into the core reason for their attendance in Nissan Stadium this weekend.

Nissan Stadium gates to open at 7:30 p.m.

CMA Fest officials announced that Nissan Stadium gates would open at 7:30 p.m. The show will start at approximately 8:15 p.m.

"Thank you for your patience," the message said. "We can't wait to celebrate the final night of our milestone 50th anniversary celebration."

Lady A play Spotify House as fans hunker down

Closing out four days of live performances from some of country’s biggest stars, Lady A took to Ole Reds Spotify House stage Sunday evening. Despite weather canceling many outdoor performances—and technical issues almost cancelling those indoors— crowds packed inside the venue to see the iconic group perform a number of hits, as well as songs from their current tour Request Line.

Fans, Nissan Stadium employees asked to shelter in place

Nissan Stadium employees were ordered to shelter in place just after 5 p.m.

Fans were not yet in the stadium due to gate delays. CMA Fest had not yet announced when gates would open as of 5 p.m.

Any fans outside near the stadium or downtown were asked to take shelter. "We expect strong winds & lightning for a least the next hour and a half with this next round of thunderstorms," read a statement from CMA's twitter account.

Fans find music while sheltering from weather threat

Shortly after the announcement that outdoor stages would not reopen for the evening, fans packed into Ole Red’s Spotify House to see Kimberly Perry, the CMA Fest’s 50th Anniversary Surprise Performance.Perry, formerly of the Band Perry, rocked the stage, singing a number of songs, including her hit song “If I Die Young,” played with a newer, darker beat that sent fans wild.

Plenty of festival goers were still milling about on Lower Broadway as lightning strikes split the clouds and thunder roared overhead. People held on to their hats against gusts of wind that chilled the air slightly.Despite the CMA Fest stages closing for the day due to thunderstorm warnings, the party continued in the streets and in businesses.

CMA daytime stages closed, Nissan gates delayed

CMA Fest won't reopen the daytime outdoor stages because of inclement weather. All remaining sets will be canceled.

The gates at Nissan Stadium will open on a delay, according to the festival organizers.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning until 4 p.m. for Nashville.

Fans shelter in place as stage shutdown continues

It was a mother-daughter trip for Susan and Megan Birle. Mom Susan came from new york, Megan from Florida to attend their first time at CMA Fest.Their Sunday plan of listening to Lauren Watkins play her first stage show at the event was cut short due to a lightning delay.Instead of listening to Watkins finish her set at the Reverb Stage, they were sheltering in place at The Nashville Visitor Center & The Music City Shop."I feel bad for her, I feel terrible for her," Susan said.As the delayed pushed 25 minutes, a man inside the shelter decided to leave.

Lightning shuts down stages

CMA Fest began shutting down stages shortly before 2 p.m. asking attendees to seek shelter.

Lauren Watkins was in the middle of her set at the Reverb Stage when the shelter annoucement came through.

Watkins said she does not know if she will be back on stage to finish her set.Fans filed into the Nashville Visitor's Center at Bridgestone Arena to shelter, though many were still out in the open stage area. They were asked to find an open business or to go to the center as lightning threatened the area.

More: Strong to severe storms expected Sunday; CMA Fest stages closed due to lightning

David Morris brings a different sound to the Reverb Stage

The camo pants, Garth brooks t-shirt wearing country rapper David Morris got the reverb Stage crowd in a frenzy with his "Small town queen."

Morris brought a different sound, fusing his classic country sounds with a modern pop twist. Morris played to the crowd of more than 100, asking where everyone was from. Shouts of Kentucky, Boston and Nova Scotia Canada rang out as the crowd howled.

Morris' "Dutton Ranch freestyle" song pushed Morris to No. 12 on Billboard's emerging artists and No. 3 in digital country sales.

Megan Moroney draw a crowd to Riverfront Stage

Megan Moroney took the stage at Riverfront, with a heavy crowd filling the park.

Despite rain clouds gathering on the horizon, attendees were undeterred as they sang and danced along with the Georgia native’s song “I'm not pretty."

Moroney, who released her first album last month, told the crowd the inspiration behind her song “Sleep on my side,” came from a former cheating boyfriend.“I just blocked his ass and wrote this song,” she said, laughing.

In honor of her first album release, Moroney payed homage to one of her biggest inspirations—Taylor Swift—and one of her first songs: "Picture to Burn."

Wynona Judd, Trisha Yearwood talk grief, growth at CMA Fest

An at-capacity crowd greeted country music queen Wynona Judd--the CMA Fest 2023 Artist of the Day on Sunday-- as she joined Trisha Yearwood on the Fan Fair stage at Music City Center.

With the flow of longtime friends, Judd and Yearwood spoke on a number of topics, from grief to growth and everything in between.

“I sometimes felt irrelevant, and wondered ‘Does anyone still care?’” Judd asked, the crowd interrupting her with thunderous applause.

“That’s what keeps me going,” she said with emotion. “I’m still here all these years because of you. The fans really saved me. You gave me purpose…you’re my family. You really are. You’re not just ‘fans.’”

The two discussed mentoring rising young women in the entertainment scene, remarking on the love they have for them.

“Never let them tell you who you are,” Judd recounted telling a number of them. “I just felt love like a grandmother for them.”

Though, Yearwood added, “We can’t let anyone tell us that we have less to offer just because we aren’t in our twenties,” she said, laughing. “I’ll give you a hot flash right now.”

Judd also mentioned--to riotous response--that she's working on a new album that's "a little bit sassy, a little bit sweet," that'll likely involve Yearwood. She remarked that she's "at a place in my life" where she doesn't want to "just be ‘country.’

"I want to be country and everything," she said, referencing country artists who have grown and evolved through many genres, like Taylor Swift. "I’m looking into what it feels like to be free. I believe you can do it all.”

In the final moments of the show, the two went on to harmonize for the crowd, leaving no doubt in the already-bewitched crowd who the queens of country are.

Tanner Adell: A mix between Shania and Beyonce?

Switching from a guitar to a bango, Tanner Adell tells the crowd not to be afraid to let the music move them."Our music is meant to move," she said

Fans proclaimed the artist as Shaniyonce, a blend of Shania Twain and Beyonce.The pop country artist has gendered more than 6.3 million streams from viral hit "Love you a little bit."

Blessing Offor takes the crowd to church

It was fitting Blessing Offor played the Vibes Stage on Sunday morning, because he took a crowd in Nashville to church.

The Nigerian-born singer moved to Connecticut when he was 10. The blind singer tickled the ivories on his keyboard, belting out a Sunday-appropriate song called "Tin Roof."

"Oh, but I pray heaven is like Rain on a tin roof."

Phones were in the air, the crowd swaying with the soulful music from Offor, making it the perfect sermon to open Sunday at CMA Fest.

Christian Paul performs first CMA show day after wedding

For Tai Wossilek, Sunday was a vibe.

Wossilek paid extra attention to Christian Paul, a Jacksonville, Florida, native and Christian country artist who played the first show at the Vibes Stage.

Paul addressed the crowd and shouted at Wosilek. The two married Saturday.

But have no fear, Paul will not be in the doghouse for playing a show a day after the two's nuptials.

"I actually encouraged him to play today, and it was amazing," Wossilek said.

Chase Matthew wakes up the Sunday crowd at Riverfront Stage

Fans gathered early and spread out on the lawn in the last of the mornings shade.One by one members of Chase Matthew's band trickled out onto stage under the back drop of heavy bass drums when he burst out into stage dancing and swinging his mic stand around and asking the fans to cheer along and participate in his songs.“Take your hats off if you love America,” he said as he burst into his songs “I love you always” followed up by “She’s Country."

Must-see sets on CMA Fest Day 4

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Riverfront Stage: Nashville area nativeChase Matthewis ahigh school dropoutwho has polished more custom classic car hoods and repaired more pickup truck engines than he's written country songs. However, he's also the descendant of four generations of preachers. "What would a church service be like if the preacher got worked up and said damn a little more? Like a preacher, my job is to make sure that you leave my concert better than when you arrived," Matthew told The Tennessean. He has a new album coming, entitled "Come Get Your Memory." "County Line" was his streaming-favored breakout and still deserves a listen.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Reverb Stage:Tanner Adellis an adopted ex-Mormon transplanted from Kentucky to Manhattan Beach, California. That alone would make for a tremendous countrified fish out of water story. Add in her Tik-Tok acclaim and Adell arrives at CMA Fest as — if you're a digital-first fanatic of the genre — one of the weekend's most must-see artists. Her single "FU-150?" It sounds exactly like you'd expect — one listen, and it'll get stuck in your head all day long.

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Reverb Stage: Enter any Music Row watering hole, mention the name of Big Loud-signed singer-songwriterLauren Watkinsand watch people's eyes alight with excitement. Her song "Camel Blues" revives cigarette smoking in the genre's female hard-luck heartbreak narratives. At the same time, "Shirley Temple" is a warning against believing the artist to be "sweet and simple." More than anything, Watkins' set could be the weekend's most "remember them when" moments of the festival overall.

2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Riverfront Stage: Ingrid Andressfollows in a line of pop-ready female singer-songwriters who have experienced sustainable success in country music. "Wishful Drinking," "Lady Like" and "More Hearts Than Mine" are unmistakably country because of the stories they tell. Though she lacks Southern vocal intonations, Andress' music — for the more progressive-minded listener in your CMA Fest party crew, will be greatly enjoyed as a slight breeze blows in off the Cumberland River during a heated afternoon

For more must see acts click here.

Weather forecast for Sunday at CMA Fest

The severe weather outlook has once again increased. The National Weather Service has classified most of Middle Tennessee, including Nashville, at an enhanced risk (3 of 5) for storms Today.

The main threats include: frequent lightning, damaging wind gusts and hail up to a quarter size is possible.

According to the NWS, the majority of the threatening storms will hit between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Weather shelters are located at:

  • Music City Center Garage (6th Avenue between Demonbreun & Korean Veterans Blvd)
  • Music City Center (during operational hours only; 201 Rep. John Lewis Way)
  • Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway)
  • Hilton Hotel Underground Parking Garage (121 4th Avenue South)
  • 222 Garage (222 1st Ave. S.)
  • If you are unable to get to one of these safe shelters, proceed to the nearest business for cover.

Little Big Town's harmonies excite euphoric CMA Fest crowd

At various points during their CMA Fest set, tinges of Fleetwood Mac's rock and The Staple Singers' gospel blended- with Little Big Town's own two decades of fanciful pop-country style to present the best overall set of CMA Fest 2023 so far.

"This is a big ole party tonight," stated Karen Fairchild. Then, she and Kimberly Schlapman started into 2010's "Little White Church." On Saturday evening, their seasoned and more impassioned than usual stylings allowed the lyrics "no more calling me baby / no more loving like crazy" to hit with an elevated level of emotional impact.

As well, songs like "Better Man" and "Girl Crush" resonated more profoundly than usual. There's a talent that only the most vaunted artists have wherein they're able to tap into the spirit of the audience and invoke that vibe into their offering.

And yes, their cheeky favorites like "Boondocks," "Pontoon" and "Wine, Beer, Whiskey" were all present, too. In 2020's "Wine, Beer, Whiskey" in particular, the mid-track genre changes allowing the song to have its inherent catchiness particularly connected on a breezy Saturday evening.

Jason Aldean delivers his familiar brand of 'blue collar' hits

Nissan Stadium reached its evening capacity as 23-time country chart-topper Jason Aldean took the stage for the third night of festivities at CMA Fest.

"Tattoos on This Town" and "Fly Over States" were his first two selections of the evening.

Songs like the latter discussing "square cornfields and wheat farms" fall well in line with the "blue collar values" he told The Tennessean were key to his latest single "Tough Crowd," (from his forthcoming eleventh album) which celebrates his fanbase being comprised of tattoo-sporting, "hard workin' nine to fivers," plus "good ol' boys in cowboy hats" and soldiers returned from foreign wars.

The night crowd gave its first huge ovation to Aldean's 2010 single "Dirt Road Anthem."

Though not a rap anthem by any means, the crowd rhythmically spoke and sang along with words extolling what Aldean referred to as "country a**" values as he performed his breakout hit.

Elle King: country music super star, or impromptu wedding officiant?

Elle King loves love and given the opportunity she wanted to celebrate it the best way she could think — marrying one couple and renewing the vows of another.

Packed into the third floor of Acme Feed and Seed, King celebrated Indianapolis couple Katrina Robinson and Amy Strutton and Murfreesboro couple Carla and Jeff Loftus.

"I'm very happy for you guys. I love y'all. You give me hope," King said.

The ceremony, attended by hundreds of people, concluded with King singing "Lucky" from her new album "Come get your wife" which released in January.

Nashville pool party vibes with Dustin Lynch

37-year-old eight-time country music chart-topper and Tullahoma, Tennessee native Dustin Lynch is an avid boater, surfer and wakeboarder. He's also fond of the music and influence of Kenny Chesney, plus has appeared at Luke Bryan's January-held "Crash My Playa" party in Quintana Roo, Mexico numerous times in the past decade.

Finding him singing Jimmy Buffett's nearly half-century-old single "Margaritaville" on a stage overlooking the rooftop pool at downtown Nashville's Margaritaville Hotel on a Saturday afternoon during CMA Fest has a deeper significance, though.

Country music's pop-crossover potential is a hot topic in music industry--but that growth is not likely to occur on a festival stage. At CMA Fest, country music fans are typically more willing to sip a margarita, down a few shots of hard liquor, dip their toes in a pool and sing a pop classic more than anything else.

"I've done 'Pool Situation' parties for nine years at 'Crash My Playa,' then we had a successful Vegas takeover [in 2022]," he said to The Tennessean. "Nashville finally has the hotels and population willing to sustain [the 'Pool Situation'] concept -- I'd have probably done this a decade ago if I could [in Music City]. I think the time has arrived for this concept from an economic, cultural, social and music industry perspective."

His reason for ending the conversation? Little Big Town had arrived at the party and were prepared to perform their beloved, decade-old hit "Pontoon."

"Mmmmm motorboatin'," indeed.

Dreams realized at Willie Jones set

Courtney Dabney has wanted to come to CMA Fest since was 13--and almost 20 years later, at 31, Dabney is realizing her dream at the Reverb Stage Friday afternoon."I had no money, I got a teaching job and saved," said Dabney, of Dallas, TX.

Dabney was among those in the crowd to see Willie Jones, a country music singer-songwriter from Louisiana, after her dad introduced her to his music.

She wasn't alone in her excitement--the fervor was palpable as audience members grooved and swayed with hands in the air, Bridgestone Arena glinting in the backdrop.

Jones rose to popularity after his role in season two of The X Factor, and promoted his upcoming album "Something to Dance Too" which debuts June 16, 2023.

"I love love, it nourishes the soul," he said, crooning to the crowd as he started singing the song "Soul."

Boot stompin' and hoof clompin': Metro Police keep the peace

Metro Nashville Police Department officers deployed across the CMA Fest footprint -- on bikes, ATVs, motorcycles and horses -- to help keep the public safe throughout the weekend.

Jackson Dean thrills the crowd at Riverfront

A sea of fans began to sway, shoulders moving, as 22-year-old "Don't Come Lookin'" singer Jackson Dean took the Riverfront Stage to perform a new song about dog named Carl.Boats surrounded the stage along the Cumberland River as one of country music's fastest-rising stars sang his song "1971."

Riverfront Stage at capacity

Riverfront Stage is at capacity again, CMA Fest said.

The gates were closed shortly before 1:20 p.m. as Tenille Arts performed her set on the stage.

The gates will reopen as soon as the area clears out.

Fans head to food truck row for festival eats

The smell of smoked meat wafts through the air between Music City Center and the Country Music Hall of Fame, where more than a dozen food truck venders are keeping up with hungry and thirsty festivalgoers at CMA Fest, offering smoked meats and sweet treats.

Offerings from Nashville’s Original Shaved Ice will keep you cool, and for a taste of the South, Music City Brisket offers a taste of smoked meats. Looking for something lighter? Try Califarmia, a farm-fresh California cuisine truck serving chips and guacamole.

Staying hydrated and cooled off is important, and thanks to Franklin’s Fruit Tea, a Murfreesboro-based company, there is plenty of cool drink options. Owner Germayle Franklin said the truck will sell 250-300 gallons of drinks Saturday. The best seller? Liquid Gold, a small-batch blend of brewed black tea, oranges and lemons.

“We’ve been trying to get to CMA Fest for years, this is our first time here,” Franklin said.

Jim Branham, a Northern Kentucky native, said between music, he and his wife needed some barbeque and a desert: peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream.

Laura Veltz takes the stage for Songwriter Session

Laura Veltz brought the humor to the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Songwriter Session. Grammy nominated Veltz has written songs for Maren Morris, Demi Lovato, Lady A, Kelly Clarkson and more.

Singing “Rich”, Veltz asked the audience ahead of time if they were familiar with Maren Morris’ version. Despite more than a dozen people saying yes, when came time for the popular “ka-ching, ka-ching” line, no one took over the lyrics.

“Come on you guys,” Veltz said pausing the song to chuckle. “Here’s a fun fact, that’s actually me saying that line on the track. So maybe I’ll set the tone and you can help me out.”

The audience got it right the second time.

When asked by a fan why she doesn’t sing her own songs she gave a simple answer.

“I don’t want to ruin how much fun this is,” Veltz said. “Being an artist is really hard work. I love to sing, and it's wonderful that I get to use that skill in the writing room.”

K. Michelle aka Puddin gives first country music concert

K. Michelle, aka Puddin, took festivalgoers to church thanking “Him for Jesus and my whiskey” before she launched into her single by the same name.

The Memphis born singer is transitioning from R&B to country music, with her first country music concert at Amp Stage at CMA Fest on Saturday. Before starting the next song on her set list, K. Michelle took a moment to represent her roots.

“I’m a Tennessee girl, born and raised in Memphis,” she said. “The first tape I ever got was the Judd’s. They were the reason I wore my hair red and was dancing around."

Darius Dennis came from Memphis to see K. Michelle -- and for Dennis, the concert means a little bit more: the singer is Dennis's godmother.

"It's amazing," Dennis said of seeing his godmother's first country show.

Country fans travel to Nashville from far and wide

Shawn Searle traveled 2,600 miles from Newfoundland, Canada to CMA Fest especially for the festival's 50th anniversary event. This is Searle's second time attending.

Searle started his day with a first-time visit to the Amp stage on Saturday. Ready for a day filled with country music, Searle told The Tennessean that he's looking forward to the Nissan stadium show tonight to watch his favorite artist, Eric Church.

Must-see sets on CMA Fest Day 3

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: Songwriter Laura Veltz is the pen behind Grammy-nominated songs “Better Than We Found It” (Maren Morris), “Speechless” (Dan + Shay), and “The Bones” (Morris). She's noteworthy because her songs are directly responsible for being a key engine ushering in country music's mainstream crossover growth. At this ticketed event, the Hall and Museum state that "fans get a chance to meet the minds behind some of country music's biggest hits, as they share the stories behind their work in an intimate performance setting, with audience Q&A.

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Riverfront Stage: Jackson Dean's voice is a hauntingly inviting instrument that is resonating impressively well of late with mainstream country fanbases. His crunching, heavy and outlaw rock-styled country track "Don't Come Lookin'" topped Billboard's Country Airplay charts before the close of 2022, while his album "Greenbroke" continues to wow audiences.

3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Vibes Stage: Kasey Tyndall's a mother of a newborn who described her best plan for success as "running on adrenaline and Jesus" to stardom in a recent Tennessean interview. Add in the prominent influences of Avril Lavigne, Joan Jett and Alison Krauss, plus Brantley Gilbert, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban to develop the musical Venn diagram that you'll expect to hear in her set.

More: CMA Fest 2023: Five must-catch performers on Saturday's lineup

Weather forecast for Day 3 of CMA Fest

Prepare for more sunshine as we head into day 3 of country music’s biggest party. Today is forecast to be the hottest day of the festival, with a high of 89 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Lows will be around 69 degrees this evening with a breeze of 5 mph coming in from the south.

Air quality is approaching unhealthy standards: the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has issued a Code Orange Health Advisory for the Nashville area, active through midnight Saturday.

While the general public is not likely to be affected, those with respiratory diseases such as asthma should limit prolonged outdoor exertion, authorities say.

Moving into Sunday there’s a chance of severe weather – find everything you need to know on that below.

More: CMA Fest 2023: Here's what kind of weather to expect in Nashville

Jelly Roll, country's unlikely superstar, arrives on Nissan Stadium's 50-yard-line

Jelly Roll's redemptive journey from Nashville's social fringes and incarceration to the city's pinnacle stages reached CMA Fest, with announced appearance inside the NFL stadium where, for years, he was relegated to the cheap seats.

The rapper-turned-country star made his CMA Fest debut, performing his 2023 No. 1 hit "Son of A Sinner" and new radio single "I Need A Favor" on an elevated spot-lit stage on Nissan Stadium's 50-yard-line.

Thirty-four years after attending his first Fan Fair and14 years after being released from prison, Jason DeFord sang country songs he wrote in front of over 50,000 people.

"It actually means a lot to me that the kids in the juvenile jail in Parking Lot A are gonna hear this," he told The Tennessean before his surprise appearance.

Of the 40-plus times he's been in jail over 38 years of life, many have been in the corrections facility located next to the juvenile court located adjacent to Nissan Stadium.

"[My success] just keeps on going. I wake up every day with a dream, and before I'm out of bed, it's happening," he said ofhis impressive surge in nationalrenown.

Miranda Lambert's 'Something Bad' gets a surprise 'Sk8er Boi' update

Instead of Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert had other ideas for a collaborative partner on the rendition of her 2014 single "Something Bad" she just performed at Nissan Stadium.

Canadian pop superstar Avril Lavigne.

The "Sk8er Boi" singer at a country festival?

It's not that far-fetched.

During 2022's ACM Honors, Shania Twain was celebrated by Lavigne and Kelsea Ballerini making guest appearances.

As far as the previously-mentioned "Sk8er Boi?" Instead of another Lambert hit, Lavigne sang a 90-second snippet of her two-decade-old mega-hit.

Alongside Leon Bridges performing his new Lambert collaboration "If You Were Mine" with the ten-time chart-topper surprises continue to stun the capacity crowd in attendance at Nissan Stadium.

Reba McEntire joins Cody Johnson, shocking the crowd

Cody Johnson, the rodeo outlaw-turned-CMA-award-winning superstar, likely surprised many of the tens of thousands in attendance at Nissan Stadium.

However, those well cognizant of (and also having lived) the Western-to-country tradition -- like his special guest Reba McEntire -- were in no way surprised that emerging star Johnson didn't make his CMA Fest debut on Lower Broadway, but rather a boat ride across the Cumberland River away.

Yes, Reba McEntire sang her 1986 classic "Whoever's In New England" with Johnson at Nissan Stadium. Her unannounced appearance on the CMA Fest stage drew a collective, piercing shriek from a genuinely shocked crowd. As one would expect, the crescendo build from Johnson's mournful drawl to McEntire's soulful shot made it a dynamic performance worthy of a jet-engine roar of a standing ovation.

Tanya Tucker's resurgence continues at Nissan Stadium

Tanya Tucker's re-emergence as a country superstar has arrived at Nissan Stadium, igniting the filling home of the Tennessee Titans with honky-tonk energy.

She's both played an early evening set highlighted by tracks from her just-released album "Sweet Western Sound," plus classic songs like her 50-year-old smash "Delta Dawn." Moreover, she joined both Lainey Wilson and Elle King to sing a version of her 1978 hit "Texas ('Til I Die)."

Wearing two different all-white outfits while performing, her style and flair proved timelessly entertaining.

While not the same concept as riding a horse down Lower Broadway or at the Grand Ole Opry, she's still swept into yet another iconic Nashville locale.

And at the end of a stirring version of Delta Dawn, the crowd treated Tucker to a lengthy ovation as loud as those usually reserved for the night's headlining act.

Few medical issues as temperatures rise at CMA Fest

It's been a quiet day at the medical tent next to Riverfront Stage. Few heat-related incidents, a few skinned knees and a couple of medical transports due to cardiac issues.

A Vanderbilt University Medical Center spokesperson said they are treating fewer guests compared to previous years.

Madeline Edwards

Madeline Edwards brought the funk to the Riverfront stage kicking off her set with a keytar in hand.

Playing to a hefty crowd, Edwards called out to all the lovers and ex-lovers in the crowd with her hits “Playground” and “Heart you can’t break.”

Edwards showed off her band’s range with Childish Gambino’s “Redbone,” before returning to her repertoire.

“This is a song I wrote when I decided I didn’t care about anyone’s damn opinion of me besides mom, Dolly and Jesus,” Edwards said before launching into her song “Mama, Dolly, Jesus.”

Fashion trends at CMA Fest

From Riverfront to Fan Fair X, fans are sporting classic western wear looks – fringe, cuttoff denim, ditsy floral tops and dresses, and turquoise and silver accessories – and many are adding a glam twist.

“Bling, bling, bling – rhinestones, burned hats, and boots,” boutique business owner Millinean Lawrence told The Tennessean, of how she’d sum up this year’s CMA Fest fashion trends. “That’s what we’ve seen across the board, but of course, here more than ever.”

A Chapel Hart party is a Vibe

Ain’t no party like a Chapel Hart party, and this trio certainly worked the room.

The Mississippi-born band took the Vibes Stage at CMA Fest belting some of their songs while working in their versions of classics.

Sisters Danica and Devynn Hart and cousin Trea Swindle strutted across the stage singing their hit “The Girls are Back in Town,” paying tribute to the greats of country music before them.

“We’re just out here representing for the dreamers,” Danica said thanking the fans for getting them as far as they’ve come.

Next Women of Country shines spotlight on emerging artists

Five up-and-coming women artists performed a showcase and conversation at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum at midday Friday, as part of CMT’s Next Women of Country franchise.

Hosted by CMT executive Leslie Fram, artists Kimberly Kelly, Catie Offerman, MaRynn Taylor, Kasey Tyndall, and Julie Williams shared their origin stories and paths to success, as well as some new music.

“Do y’all know how fun it is to be backstage with a bunch of girls with guitars?” Fram said, welcoming the group to the stage.

Lainey Wilson and emerging artists play Nashville's Bell Tower

Lainey Wilson's growth from a hitch-trailer dwelling hopeful to a country music superstar is a well-known tale. However, her growth from country music superstar to an artist with a devoted fan club of thousands of die-hard, bell-bottom-clad fans is a tale that's emerging and worth telling.

Before playing her "Bell Bottom Country" album single "Hillbilly Hippie" to kick off a brief acoustic set with her bandmates, she told howMcBryde's support was invaluable at a critical career juncture. Noting that once she had the opportunity, via Tractor Supply and Opry Entertainment Group's support, to pay it forward -- she did.

Mother and daughter take Spotlight Stage

Mother, daughter team O.N.E the Duo took the Spotlight stage at Fan Fair X exuding love for each other and their music.

“She didn’t want to do this,” Prana Supreme Diggs said chuckling as she talked about how the duo came to be.

Music runs in their veins, and unexpectedly it’s country. Prana is the daughter of Tekitha, a vocalist and solo artist, and Wu-Tang’s RZA.

This is the second year the pair have been on the stage at CMA Fest. They sang songs from their debut album “Blood Harmony.” Their song “Til you called my name” reflects on the bonds between a mother and daughter.

The two will release their debut album "Blood Harmony" on August 11, with 12 tracks serving as a chapter reflecting the duo’s spirit, life and vision.

Dr. Pepper Amp Stage reaches capacity

Gates are closed as the Amp Stage reaches capacity ahead of Uncle Kracker's set at 12:30.

Reba McEntire shares new book

As Day Two of the Country Music Festival kicked off, a standing-room only crowd filled out the CMA Close Up Stage inside the Music City Center on Friday morning to see country music legend Reba McEntire.

McEntire shared stories from her forthcoming lifestyle book, "Not That Fancy: Simple Lessons on Living, Loving, Eating, and Dusting Off Your Boots," which is set to release in October.

Riverfront Stage reaches capacity

Riverfront Stage reached capacity Friday as Parmalee heads to the stage to play a set at CMA Fest.

The modern country band blends contemporary sounds with classic country ingredients.

Block party: CMA Fest Day 2 kicks off

The lawn in front of Riverfront Stage was full Friday morning as Priscilla Block strutted the stage in a highlighter green bedazzled shirt and safety vest.

“I’m very, very happy to be a part of CMA Fest at the riverfront stage,” Block said to applause from the audience.

Block got sentimental with the crowd.

“I’ve gotten to write with a lot of incredible songwriters in Nashville, but there is something, for me, just writing my diary with my guitar,” she said.

Launching into her “Me Pt. 2,” Block got raucous support from the audience.

Weather forecast for CMA Fest Day 2

Bring your sunscreen for CMA Fest Day 2.

The National Weather Service Nashville forecasts a high of 85 degrees with sunny skies throughout the day.

Lows will sink throughout the night, dropping to around 79 degrees at 8 p.m. By 10 p.m. temperatures will drop to 71. A light breeze up to 5 mph will come from the northeast.

Must-see sets for Day 2 at CMA Fest's Riverfront Stage:

  • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Riverfront Stage: Priscilla Blockis currently, low-key one of the most compelling live performers in country music. She's gainedrenown for Tik-Tok acclaimand being an advocate for body positivity in the genre.
  • 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Riverfront Stage: A year after emerging past her "ten-year-town" angst at not achieving Music City stardom, now award-winning and Grammy-nominated, small-town Iowa-born country singer-songwriterHailey Whittershas blended songs driven by homespun wisdom like "Everything She Ain't" alongsideseasoned musicianship and entertainment flair to be on the cusp of breakout appeal. She's developed a passionate independent fanbase that, now that she's a staple of country radio, is only growing stronger. This performance should feel like you're being swept into an irrepressible tidal wave of support.
  • 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Riverfront Stage: Warner-signedMadeline Edwards' jazz and pop-chord-inspired takes on rock-styled country soundunlike anything else in the genre. She's toured with Chris Stapleton, is a favorite of Elle King, is a former CMT Next Women of Country class member, plus appeared on the CMA Awards with Mickey Guyton and Brittney Spencer, plus CMT Music Awards with Alanis Morrissette. The Texan with California roots is a whirlwind of energy on stage and has a way of winning over fans whose ears and bodies are open to heavy, hard grooves.

CMA Fest: Night one highlights by Marcus Dowling

Outside of Chris Stapleton's trademark tenor, reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Combs has the type of voice that inspires rapt listening and a desire to learn his lyrics for peak screaming back to him on stadium stages.

Kick that into his cover of Tracy Chapman's classic "Fast Car" (a favorite since the 33-year-old performer was four and in his father's backseat) and two things are clear. First, Combs is a superstar. Second, he will likely remain as such for decades to come.

The crowd also erupted in joy when Darius Rucker popped up in the middle of Nissan Stadium's field-level crowd on an elevated platform stage with a guitar. Supported by a sparse, fiddle-led group, they led a sing-along favorites like "Fires Don't Start Themselves" and his cover of Old Crow Medicine Show's "Wagon Wheel."

Luke Combs' surprise duet

In the midst of a set that featured his current country and mainstream radio hit cover of Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car," and country radio chart-topper "The Kind Of Love We Make," the legitimacy of Luke Combs' talent as an interpreter, player, singer and writer of songs is unmistakable.

The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year introduced Vince Gill for a surprise duet on "One More Last Chance." While playing the song released almost 30 years ago, Combs felt like a doppelganger for the 2005 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

In an interview before taking the stage, Gill noted that Combs was a longtime fan who sneaked into one of his concerts (Combs' first ever) when he was nine years old.

"Luke still owes me $40," joked Gill.

Jordan Davis takes it up a notch

35-year-old Shreveport, Louisiana native Davis, on standby for the birth of his third child, took to the stage making his debut full-set appearance at Nissan Stadium as a CMA Fest. The crowd responded emphatically.

The multiple-time country radio chart-topper kicked things off with his 2022-released single "That's What My World Spins Around." Davis' underdog success story of "Buy Dirt," his anthemic song of love built around buying land, building a home and starting a family leading to his CMA Song of the Year victory has led to increased fandom, noted by the eruption of applause that occurred when he took to the stage.

"I moved to Nashville 12 years ago and the next thing you know, I'm standing in the endzone of Nissan Stadium at CMA Fest," stated Davis as playing his current top-ten hit "Next Thing You Know" yielded a smattering of cell phone lights in the venue's crowd.

Before closing with "Buy Dirt," he saluted his faith in Jesus Christ, his life as a father and husband, and being the best friend he could be.

Highlighting the previously-mentioned Luke Bryan collaboration he wrote with his brother Jacob, plus fellow brothers Josh and Matt Jenkins caused a grin to break out on his heavily-bearded face.

"This was the most memorable show I ever played," said Davis.

Bailey Zimmerman sings about heartbreak

Closing out the Riverfront Stage on Thursday was 23-year-old breakout artist Bailey Zimmerman, who rocketed to fame with two top charting singles last year.

“My name is Bailey Zimmerman and I sing about heartbreak, 24-7,” he said. “I’ve written a few love songs, but found out that really wasn’t my thing.”

Zimmerman tossed his hat to a fan before closing out with with “Rock and a Hard Place.” As the crowd sang along, he took off his shoes, one at a time, throwing them into the crowd—and even teased throwing his shirt into the crowd.

At capacity

Riverfront Stage reached capacity as hundreds gathered to watch Bailey Zimmerman take the stage at 5:30 p.m.

Relaxed atmosphere

At the Dr. Pepper Amp Stage, fans enjoyed a more relaxed atmosphere, spreading out in front of the stage on the grass and Adirondack chairs to sip on cold cans of strawberries and cream Dr. Pepper and enjoy the acts.

After overcoming some sound system difficulties, Oklahoma-based band Ricochet performed some of their most popular numbers from their heyday.

“We’re gonna do some of our hits from the 90s—when most of you young ladies were in pull ups,” lead vocalist Heath Wright said to the primarily young crowd.

Wright also surprised viewers with a new song from the band’s first album in more than a decade, “Sweet Tea.”

Couple attends 10th CMA Fest

Marcy and Jim Lindemann spoke with The Tennessean as they stood in the Music City Center, consulting a number of festival maps Thursday afternoon. The Fort Lauderdale couple have attended every CMA festival for the past ten years, and expressed their excitement to be here for the 50th anniversary.

"WE are having so much fun!" Marcy said, while Jim nodded in agreement. "We're really excited about having four nights of concerts."

Pillbox Patti brings unique stage presence

Over at the Reverb stage, crowds gathered to listen to Pillbox Patti, the vivacious Nashville-based singer-songwriter with a provocative stage presence as she rocked through her biggest hits. Among her hit songs, the Florida native sang her newest single "Low life" to an exuberant crowd.

Medical incidents far

The medical tents, staffed by Vanderbilt University Medical Center Events Team, have had minimal visits four hours into the festival.

As temperatures increase in the coming days, heat related illnesses are sure to increase. For now though, staff plan to revel in the slow day.

The biggest medical need so far? Band-Aids.

Blisters will be the downfall of anyone wearing "their fancy new cowboy boots," staff said.

"We've given out so, so many Band-Aids for that," staff said.

49 Winchester kicks off set at Spotify House

Appalachian folk band 49 Winchester's lead singer Isaac Gibson heralded two kinds of music — that which is traditionally and authentically country and Western — were to reign supreme during CMA Fest's early afternoon offerings at Ole Red's Spotify House.

Perhaps spurred by being in Nashville, the Americana Music Association Group of the Year-nominated act kicked off their set with "Damn Darlin'," a tale of heartbreak told with the "Rock Block"'s EXIT/IN as the backdrop. "Russell County Line," another single, is a heart-warming hometown tale highlighting how closely the band straddles the intersections of country, rock and roots music.

The band's inclusion on the CMA Fest lineup at Spotify House is a tremendous showcase of the real-time interplay between a band that fans are discovering on streaming services (co-signs from ERNEST and Luke Combs aid that) and a group whose performance skills are so strong that they'll also gain fans from just providing a fantastic live experience.

Alcohol sales 'innumerable'

Employees at the official alcohol stations say that the alcohol sales just at Riverfront stage are "innumerable," making at least a thousand drinks sold by noon, with many thousands more expected by this evening.

Lauren Alaina keeps the good vibes going

Artist Lauren Alaina took the stage at Riverfront Park to enthusiastic fans who sang alond to some of her biggest hits.

After leading the crowd in unison for her song "Road Less Traveled," the fervor ramped up as Alaina reminded attendees of her newest album, "Unlocked," dropping tomorrow, June 9.

Camden Keene stood on the lawn of Riverfront Park, overlooking the massive crowd gathered for artists like Lainey Wilson, Elvie Shane and Alaina. Keene, along with her family, traveled from North Carolina after planning this trip for over a year.

"We're so excited to finally be here," she said. "We've enjoyed every artist we've seen so far, especially Lauren Alaina. And there's more weekend to go!"

Gillian Barnett traveled with family from Toronto, Ontario for her first trip to CMA Fest. She’s most looking forward to seeing Luke Combs at Nissan Stadium tonight.

Riverfront Stage will close and open throughout the day

Riverfront Stage's capacity will be managed throughout the day with gates closing and reopening as necessary, according to the festival's Twitter account.

Lines queues on Broadway between 1st and 2nd Avenues, then up 2nd Avenue North.

Lainey Wilson kicking off Riverfront Stage

CMA Fest 2023 kicked off with a Grammy-winning marching band from Tennessee State University playing brass renditions of hip-hop classics, followed by Country Music Association Female Artist of the Year Lainey Wilson opening the proceedings.

If you are wondering what the vibe is of the next four days on Lower Broadway, the Baskin, Louisiana native mentioned country music, Western culture, love, "Watermelon Moonshine" (her current radio single) and coffee-spiked whiskey within the first ten minutes of hitting the stage.

The jam-packed Riverfront Stage is already well acquainted with the two albums and four No. 1 singles of material Wilson has released in the past three years. She followed it, as she often does now in concert, with a solo version of her HARDY collaboration "wait in the truck" and another hit, "Heart Like A Truck."

The crowd appeared excited, yet mesmerized as the temperature, with humidity, feels as if it was raised 20 degrees in the half-hour in which she appeared onstage.

Riverfront Stage gates close

The gates at Riverfront Stage are temporarily closed as capacity for the venue has been reached, according to the festival.

Gates will open as soon as possible. Check with the for other free stages.

Aristocrat of Bands kicks off 50th CMA Fest

From the Grammy stage to the Riverfront Stage of CMA Fest, the Tennessee Marching Band, better known as the Aristocrat of Bands, get the Thursday morning crowd ready for a day of entertainment.

What to know about attending CMA Fest

CMA Fest does require clear bags for entry. According to their website, security will allow one clear bag no larger than 12-by-12-by-6 inches per person.

Festivalgoers are allowed to bring in one refillable water bottle and will have access to several water refill stations. Locations for those can be found at or on the CMA Fest mobile app.

All vendors and venues are cashless. Make sure to carry a debit or credit card or set up Apple or Google pay on your phone ahead of time. And for those hoping to enjoy an adult beverage, don't forget a valid photo ID.

More: CMA Fest 2023: A guide for first-time festival-goers and seasoned veterans

CMA Road Closures

Several streets downtown are shut down at least through Sunday. Others around Nissan stadium will be closed through Monday.

The closures center around Broadway and the areas where CMA Fest will have their stages set up.

A detailed list of closures can be found at this link.

CMA weather forecast

The National Weather expects sunny skies through the majority of the festival with temperatures starting in the low 80s and steadily climbing as the days go on.

There may be widespread haze througout the area Thursday as remanants of wildfire smoke from Canada lingers across ther region.

Sunday there's a 80% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m.

More: CMA Fest 2023: Here's what kind of weather to expect in Nashville

Who is on the lineup for Thursday

Music will start at 10 a.m. Thursday with the biggest artists taking the stage around 7:45 p.m. at Nissan Stadium.

For the lineup for the entire weekend click here.

Riverfront Stage

  • 10 a.m.: Lainey Wilson
  • 10:45 a.m.: Elvie Shane
  • 11:30 a.m.: Lauren Alaina
  • 12:15 p.m.: Ian Munsick
  • 1 p.m.: MacKenzie Porter
  • 1:45 p.m.: Chayce Beckham
  • 2:30 p.m.: Corey Kent
  • 3:15 p.m.: Warren Zeiders
  • 4 p.m.: Lily Rose
  • 4:45 p.m.: Travis Denning
  • 5:30 p.m.: Bailey Zimmerman

Vibes Stage

  • 10:15 a.m.: Jerrod Neimann
  • 11 a.m.: Meghan Patrick
  • 11:45 a.m.: Shane Profitt
  • 12:30 p.m.: Tiera Kennedy
  • 1:15 p.m.: Canaan Smith
  • 2 p.m.: Ryan Griffin
  • 2:45 p.m.: Halle Kearns
  • 3:30 p.m.: Adam Doleac
  • 4:15 p.m.: Dillon Carmichael

Amp Stage

  • 10:15 a.m.: RaeLynn
  • 11 a.m.: Frankie Ballard
  • 11:45 a.m.: Logan Michael
  • 12:30 p.m.: Caitlyn Smith
  • 1:15 p.m.: The Red Clay Strays
  • 2 p.m.: David Nail
  • 2:45 p.m.: Seaforth
  • 3:30 p.m.: Shenandoah
  • 4:15 p.m.: Kidd G

Hard Rock Stage

  • 10:15 a.m.: Texas Hill
  • 10:55 a.m.: Emily Ann Roberts
  • 11:35 a.m.: Matt Roy
  • 12:15 p.m.: Fancy Hagood
  • 12:55 p.m.: Roman Alexander
  • 1:35 p.m.: Skyelor Anderson
  • 2:15 p.m.: Jordan Harvey
  • 2:55 p.m.: Shelby Darrall
  • 3:35 p.m.: Walker Montgomery
  • 4:15 p.m.: CJ Solar

Reverb Stage

  • 10:15 a.m.: John Morgan
  • 10:55 a.m.: Drew Green
  • 11:35 a.m.: Abbey Cone
  • 12:15 p.m.: Casey Barnes
  • 12:55 p.m.: Riley Roth
  • 1:35 p.m.: Bryan Martin
  • 2:15 p.m.: Thomas Mac
  • 2:55 p.m.: Pillbox Patti
  • 3:35 p.m.: Griffen Palmer
  • 4:15 p.m.: Lathan Warlick

Spotlight Stage

  • 11 a.m.: Julie Williams
  • 11:30 a.m.: Loren Ryan
  • 12 p.m.: Nat Barnes
  • 12:30 p.m.: Karley Scott Collins
  • 1 p.m.: Flat River Band
  • 1:30 p.m.: Grace Leer
  • 2 p.m.: Charly Reynolds
  • 2:30 p.m.: MaRynn Taylor
  • 3 p.m.: Pryor Baird
  • 3:30 p.m.: Sarah Allison Turner
  • 4 p.m.: CB30
  • 4:30 p.m.: Alexandra Kay

Nissan Stadium

  • 7:45 p.m.: King Calaway
  • 8 p.m.: Jo Dee Messina
  • 8:30 p.m.: Jordan Davis
  • 8:55 p.m.: RVSHVD*
  • 9:05 p.m.: Luke Combs
  • 9:45 p.m.: Ashley Cooke*
  • 9:55 p.m.: Carly Pearce
  • 10:40 p.m.: Tyler Hubbard
  • 11:25 p.m.: Dan + Shay
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