CMA Music Festival: Carrie Underwood Surprises, Chris Stapleton Jams at Nissan Stadium

Night Two With Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Hank Williams Jr., Clint Black

Big harmonica moments and guitar jams anchored night two of the 2016 CMA Music Festival at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium Friday (June 10) with headliners Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Sam Hunt, Hank Williams Jr. and Clint Black.

In her opening remarks, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry congratulated the TV drama of the same name for striking a new deal with CMT. Earlier that day, it was announced that the critically-acclaimed series will return with a brand new season on the network.

Frankie Ballard opened the night with an electric guitar solo of the national anthem.

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10:  Singer-songwriter Frankie Ballard performs the National Anthem onstage during 2016 CMA Festival - Day 2 at Nissan Stadium on June 10, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage) John Shearer/WireImage

Then Black entertained with a short set that included “Nothing but the Taillights,” “We Tell Ourselves” and a surprise collaboration with his wife, Lisa Hartman Black.

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10:  Singer-songwriter Clint Black and actress Lisa Hartman Black perform onstage during 2016 CMA Festival - Day 2 at Nissan Stadium on June 10, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images) Rick Diamond/Getty Images

The sold-out crowd sang along to Stapleton’s every word as the reigning male vocalist of the year performed “Nobody to Blame,” the lead single from his Grammy-winning country debut Traveller.

Stapleton led guitar jams on extended versions of “Outlaw State of Mind” and “Might as Well Get Stoned.” His humor showed when he sang his band intros before his soulful version of the George Jones classic, “Tennessee Whiskey.”

Stapleton played wing man for his bassist J.T. Cure when he sang, “He’s a single man. Ladies, just look what he can do with his hands.” His introduction for famed harmonica player Mickey Raphael got more laughs from the crowd when he jokingly sang, “He’s played with Willie Nelson for 43 years. I’ve got nothing more to say.” Stapleton slipped into a high falsetto when he introduced his wife Morgane, calling her his “lovely, lovely wife.” He added, “She’s the love of my life.”

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10:  Chris Stapleton performs with Morgane Stapleton during the CMA Festival at Nissan Stadium on June 10, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon IV/FilmMagic) Frederick Breedon IV/FilmMagic

Hunt’s six-song set featured No. 1s “Leave the Night On,” “House Party,” “Break Up in a Small Town” and “Take Your Time.”

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10: Sam Hunt performs during the 2016 CMA Music Festival at Nissan Stadium on June 10, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Richard Gabriel Ford/Getty Images) Richard Gabriel Ford/Getty Images

Next was Eric Church, who lit up the stage with Mr. Misunderstood tracks “Knives of New Orleans,” the title track, “Record Year,” “Chattanooga Lucy” and “Mixed Drinks About Feelings.”

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10:  Eric Church performs during the 2016 CMA Music Festival on June 10, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic) C Flanigan/FilmMagic

Then Chris Janson made his CMA Fest stadium debut with a surprise performance of his breakout No. 1 “Buy Me a Boat.” The crowd went wild for Janson’s scorching harmonica solo, but they were warned beforehand when he said, “You’re about to see a 135-pound white guy play this harmonica like you ain’t never seen.”

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10:  Chris Janson performs during the 2016 CMA Music Festival on June 10, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic) C Flanigan/FilmMagic

Justin Moore also scored a surprise performance with “You Look Like I Need a Drink.”

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10:  Singer Justin Moore performs onstage during 2016 CMA Festival - Day 2 at Nissan Stadium on June 10, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images) Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Both acts returned to the stage to sing “Born to Boogie” with the next scheduled headliner, Hank Williams Jr.

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10:  Justin Moore and Hank Williams Jr. perform with Chris Janson during the CMA Festival at Nissan Stadium on June 10, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon IV/FilmMagic) Frederick Breedon IV/FilmMagic

“Are You Ready for the Country” featured a guest appearance from Church, and then Bocephus closed his portion of the show with a rowdy rendition of “Family Tradition.”

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10:  Eric Church (R) performs with Hank Williams Jr. during the 2016 CMA Music Festival on June 10, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic) C Flanigan/FilmMagic

Underwood wrapped the night with an explosive taste of her Storyteller tour.

Dressed in holy skinny jeans, a fitted black tank and a flowing shoulder wrap, she commanded the stage with “Last Name,” “Undo It,” “Wasted,” “Church Bells” and blew away a stadium full of fans with a fiery harmonica solo on “Choctaw County Affair.” It’s a skill she learned specifically for the Storyteller tour.

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10:  Carrie Underwood performs at Nissan Stadium on June 10, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon IV/FilmMagic) Frederick Breedon IV/FilmMagic

The 2016 CMA Music Festival at Nissan Stadium continues Saturday with headliners the Marshall Tucker Band, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Chris Young, Cole Swindell, Florida Georgia Line, Steven Tyler and Blake Shelton.

Lauren Tingle is a Tennessean and storyteller who eats music for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When she’s not writing or rocking out, she enjoys yoga and getting lost in the great outdoors.