Top CMA Fest 2023 Performances You Don’t Want to Miss

During CMA Fest, Nashville becomes a hub for country music enthusiasts from around the world. The festival features multiple stages and venues throughout the city, creating one of the biggest events of the year. From the legendary icons who’ve shaped the genre to the fresh faces making waves in the industry, the festival brings together a lineup of artists you don’t want to miss!

Check out these must-see 2023 CMA Fest performances listed below:

Texas Hill

June 8 @ 10:15am-10:45am – Hard Rock Stage @ Hard Rock Cafe

Texas Hill is preparing for their second album and what better way to kick things off than by opening CMA Fest! With a brand new lineup of musicians, this band promises an unforgettable performance. Founding members Casey James and Adam Wakefield have brought in talented musicians like Bart Walker on guitar, Louis “Flip” Winfield on drums, and Clark Singleton on bass. This dynamic team is determined to push boundaries, evolve, and perfect the band’s distinctive sound as they hit the Hard Rock stage on Thursday morning, June 8.

Julie Williams

June 8 @ 11:00 am-11:20 am – Spotlight Stage at Fan Fair X

CMT Next Women of Country, Julie Williams, is making waves in Nashville’s music scene with her heartfelt songs inspired by her experiences as a mixed-race child. She hosts The Song Suffragettes and was recognized in Rissi Palmer’s Color Me Country Class of 2021. Julie’s single “Southern Curls” received coverage from Billboard, CMT, PBS NewsHour, and various music publications. She has opened for artists like Will Hoge and Mt. Joy and currently tours with the Black Opry Revue, showcasing Black artists in country, blues, folk, and Americana music. Julie performed with the group at CMA Fest in June 2022 and now she is ready to make her solo CMA Fest debut!


June 11 @ 12:00pm-12:20pmSpotlight Stage at Fan Fair X

Tennessee native HunterGirl is a talented singer/songwriter who started performing at just 9 years old. She has shared the stage with country superstars such as Old Dominion, Florida Georgia Line, Kane Brown, and more. She even competed on American Idol last year, being declared runner up on Season 20. HunterGirl is quickly making her mark as country’s next big female artist and you don’t want to miss what she has in store for CMA Fest.

Tigirlily Gold

June 10 @ 2:55pm-3:20pm – Maui Jim Reverb Stage

Since the time they were able to walk, Tigirlily Gold, a sister duo, has been making music together. They solidified their band during their high school years and now they are set to grace the CMA Fest stage. With a determination to revive the girl group energy in country music, Tigirlily Gold is prepared for a year of incredible success and recognition.

Love and Theft

June 9 @ 3:30 pm-4:00 pm – Dr Pepper Amp Stage

Love and Theft is a dynamic country music duo known for their captivating performances and infectious melodies. Comprised of talented musicians Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson, Love and Theft’s unique sound has earned them recognition in the country music industry, and they continue to captivate audiences with their heartfelt songs and energetic stage presence, surely to prove that during their CMA Fest performance!


June 11 @ 2:30pm-3:00pm – Chevy Riverfront Stage

Breland, a rising star in the music industry, is making waves with his unique sound and boundary-pushing style. Get ready to be captivated by his incredible talent and innovative approach to music as he graces CMA Fest on Saturday, June 11.

Tenille Townes

June 9 ( Time TBD) Ascend Amphitheater

Tenille Townes has achieved remarkable success in the Canadian country music scene. With an impressive tally of 15 Canadian Country Music Association Award (CCMA) wins, two JUNO Awards for Country Album of the Year, and two ACM Awards under her belt, she has proven herself as a force to be reckoned with. Notably, Townes holds the title of being the first female artist in the history of Mediabase Canada to secure two No. 1 singles. Now, she is ready to conquer the stage at CMA Fest, further solidifying her status as a rising star in the industry.

Tim McGraw

June11 @ 10:35 pm-11:10 pmNissan Stadium

Ashley McBryde

June 11 @ 9:10 pm-9:35 pmNissan Stadium


June 9 @ 11:20 pm-11:55 pmNissan Stadium

Nissan Stadium is set to host an array of country music superstars, including Tim McGraw, Ashley McBryde, and HARDY, whose legendary performances are anticipated to be nothing short of spectacular. With these sensational artists gracing the stage, the weekend is bound to be brimming with unforgettable shows that will be the talk of the town for years to come.

To view the full list of performances for all four days of CMA Fest, click HERE. Get your tickets and passes HERE to celebrate country music like never before as CMA Fest celebrates their 50th Anniversary, starting on Thursday, June 8!