CMA Music Festival: Blake Shelton, Steven Tyler and Chris Young Sing With Friends

Saturday’s Stadium Concert Also Headlined by Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Cole Swindell, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Marshall Tucker Band

After the week of the CMA Music Festival, Blake Shelton can unofficially consider himself a fifth member of the Oak Ridge Boys.

The festival continued Saturday night (June 11) at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium with additional headliners Florida Georgia Line, Chris Young, Cole Swindell, Steven Tyler, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and the Marshall Tucker Band.

The Oaks were on hand at Monday’s (June 6) press preview of Shelton’s new Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit Blake Shelton: Based on a True Story. Wednesday’s (June 8) 2016 CMT Music Awards hosted the live performance premiere of their collaboration “Doing It to Country Songs,” from Shelton’s latest album If I’m Honest. Then they reprised the collaboration and shared the stage on “Elvira” at Saturday’s (June 11) show at Nissan Stadium.

Shelton’s CMA Fest set included “Boys Round Here” and his new single “She’s Got a Way With Words.”

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On Friday (June 10), Shelton headlined a surprise pop-up concert at the Stage, a honky-tonk on Nashville’s Lower Broadway.

Tyler’s CMA Fest stadium debut included Aerosmith’s “Cryin’” with surprise guest Martina McBride, “Sweet Emotion” and “Red, White and You” from his debut country album We’re All Somebody From Somewhere, which will be released July 15.

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Florida Georgia Line entertained with a hit-filled set that included “Round Here,” “Anything Goes,” “Dirt” and their latest single “H.O.L.Y.

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The sold-out crowd lit up Nissan stadium in cellphone lights when Swindell sang his latest No. 1 “You Should Be Here.” His set included a mashup of “You Ain’t Worth the Whiskey” and Justin Timberlake’s “Drink You Away.”

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Young’s birthday usually falls during CMA Fest, and this year was no different. He spent the night before his 31st birthday performing a 30-minute set at Nissan Stadium that included “Think of You” with Cassadee Pope. Backstage, they were surprised with gold plaques for their first No. 1 reflecting more than 500,000 downloads and streams.

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Kicking off the night was a performance of the national anthem by Marshall Tucker Band.

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The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band followed with a set of hits from their extensive musical catalog.

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Charlie Worsham gets the unofficial award for best CMA Fest after-party. After each stadium show through Saturday (June 11), the Mississippi native headlined Midnight Jamboree shows at Ernest Tubb Record Shop on Lower Broadway. Saturday’s surprise guests were Kid Rock, Hunter Hayes, Brandy Clark, Margo Price, Brent Cobb and Lucie Silvas.

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The night before, Worsham did a surprise cover of “Ophelia” by The Band with Eric Church. The two acts are signed to the same song publishing company and have worked together in the studio on 2011’s Chief.

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The 2016 CMA Music Festival at Nissan Stadium wraps Sunday (June 12) with headliners Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett, Brett Eldredge, Ray Stevens and Exile.

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.