Fans come to festivals with high expectations for well-known artists like Dustin Lynch and Florida Georgia Line, and high hopes for newcomers like Brett Young and Jimmie Allen. Day 3 of Country Jam 2018 was a lesson in overachieving.

The "Simple" duo closed a loud, rocking day that was hardly slowed by a rare western Colorado drizzle. All five artists spoke to Taste of Country and fans prior to the show, and a few of the items on this list of highlights come from those conversations (sorry Tucker Beathard, but that was funny!).

It's the music the packed Jam Ranch crowd came for and that's what they'll remember as each person drives or flies home on Monday (June 18). There are plenty more highlights to come, but in the meantime here are our five faves from Saturday (June 16).

Day 4 (June 17) will include a headlining set from Brantley Gilbert, plus music from Kip Moore, Lauren Alaina, Carly Pearce and Jackson Michelson.