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Tim and Faith wow at The Hunter

Faith Hill performs at CMC Rocks the Hunter.
Faith Hill performs at CMC Rocks the Hunter.

CMC Rocks the Hunter wrapped up on Sunday with the biggest day in the festival's five-year history.

Aussie Pete Denahy kicked things off before Americans Jedd Hughes and Tracy Lawrence played the main stage.

Aussie rocker Tex Perkins looked at home with his band The Dark Horses and their hour-long set broke up a day dominated by American artists.

The Eli Young Band and McAlister Kemp prepped the crowd for music legend Wynonna Judd's only Australian performance.

Judd's flame-red hair could be seen from the top of the hill as her powerful, soulful voice carried to every corner of the festival site.

Passing showers didn't seem to bother the 10,000-strong crowd, and the rain made for a spectacular, if short lived, rainbow.

After some playful banter with a fan known as "Lou", she finally invited the man up on stage and he was happy to oblige, dancing around as she wore his cowboy hat.

Judd closed her hour-long set with her famous ballad I Want To Know What Love Is, inspiring a crowd-wide sing along.

American husband and wife duo O'Shea kept energy levels up as the crowd restlessly waited for another husband and wife duo - Tim McGraw and Faith Hill - to close the festival.

It's the first time the country music power couple have toured Australia together.

Hill opened the two-hour set with a 45-minute show featuring her hits including Breathe, The Way You Love Me and This Kiss before McGraw joined her on stage for a duet.

The man in the black hat then took the reigns for his own 45-minute set, featuring songs from his new album Emotional Traffic, before Hill once again joined him for the finale.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill play Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena tonight and tomorrow before finishing up their tour at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Highlights from the festival will air on the Country Music Channel on April 21 from noon.

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