If you’re attending this year’s CMA Music Festival, you might be a little overwhelmed with decisions on who to see over the weekend. Here are 10 artists you don’t want to miss during your time in Nashville.
This year is the time for Brothers Osbourne to shine on the CMA Music Fest stage. Last year the duo played a couple of small-scale performances that earned them buzz around the same time that “Rum” began its climb up the charts. This year, they’ll play the Bud Light stage and you’ll want to hear the live version of their latest single, “Stay a Little Longer” for the killer guitar solo alone.
Adam Sanders is a successful young songwriter and close friend of Cole Swindell who is quickly making a name for himself as a solo artist. His latest single, the insanely catchy “Somewhere That You Don’t Go,” has gotten heavy airplay on Sirius XM in recent months. He’s an artist on the verge that you’ll want to see at the tiny Hard Rock Cafe stage before he makes his big breakthrough.
JT Hodges is another artist on the verge that you’ll want to see before he gains more traction on the touring circuit. His newest single, “Ray Bans,” has been gaining airplay recently thanks to a perfectly-timed release. The song is a breezy summer anthem that will be the perfect soundtrack to your Saturday summer afternoon.
Aaron Watson is a legend in the Texas country scene and touring circuit, but may not be as familiar to those fans who get their music solely from mainstream radio. His expertly crafted lyrics and incredible stage presence makes him one artist you don’t want to miss seeing. You won’t regret it.
Rising duo Striking Matches released a solid debut album in March and gained a lot of buzz from getting multiple songs featured on the popular ABC television drama Nashville. This group is a must-see for those country fans who like the soulful lyricism of artists like the Civil Wars more than anything that mentions dirt or tractors.
Charlie Worsham has been busy prepping a brand new album, set to come out later this year, and will likely preview a couple new tracks during his set. His upcoming release may just be the one to really break him into the next level of stardom in the industry, so enjoy this sneak peak of what this Mississippi native is capable of as an artist.
Ashley Monroe is riding high off the success of her single, “On To Something Good,” and is finally hitting her stride as a solo artist. The title track of her upcoming album, “The Blade,” is one of the strongest releases of the year so far and will likely provide a poignant moment to many who watch her show at the Riverfront Stage on Thursday.
Keith Urban is a guitar-playing extraordinaire and energetic performer who will own LP Field during his late-night set. If you’re looking for a party atmosphere and a display of incredible musicianship, your sure to see it during Urban’s time on stage when he helps close down the festival Sunday night.
Sam Hunt has had massive success over the past year which has led him to a coveted performance slot at LP Field. His personality and charm has helped him win over fans in mid-level venues and even arenas, but this new challenge as a performer might just make or break him as an artist. Either way, you’ll want to see him sing his string of hits at LP Field Thursday evening.
No introductions are needed for Carrie Underwood, who was a surprise last-minute addition to the LP Field lineup. Her list of hits keeps growing, and she’s learned how to take control on stage over the past 10 years of her career. She’s a powerhouse who will likely give one of the most polished and perfected performances of the entire festival.