Tuesday, August 07, 2018 09:24 AM


Each June tens of thousands of the country faithful travel from around the world to Nashville for the massive CMA Music Festival and for good reason. Hundreds of stars gather in country musics capital for four days of mostly-free music, capped off by nightly stadium concerts headlined by the genres biggest names. For fans who cant make the pilgrimage or just cant score tickets to the in-demand Nissan Stadium shows theres the annual ABC special. CMA Fest (airing Wednesday, August 8th, at 8:00 p.m./ET) condenses those four nights of concerts into a crisp three-hour package, filled with fresh-take performances by Carrie Underwood, Sam Hunt, Dierks Bentley with Dwight Yoakam, and more. Here are the six cant-miss performances of ABCs CMA Fest special.

Carrie Underwood, Cry PrettyComing back from some time out of the spotlight after a scary tumble down some stairs that required surgery, Carrie Underwood knows its sometimes impossible to fake a smile which she sings about candidly in the stunning Cry Pretty. Her CMA Fest performance of her current single, complete with soul-stirring vocal runs and a stadium-sized chorus crescendo, was one of the highlights of the entire festival.

Chris Stapleton, MillionaireLikely to go down as one of countrys greatest ...

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