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A taste of Stagecoach: Rissi Palmer

Check out newcomer Rissi Palmer. She’s going to be playing Friday, May 2, at Stagecoach. She hit big last year with the song “Country Girl,” but here’s a clip of “Hold On To Me.” One of the things I really…



Desert resident Shelby Lynne dishes on new disc

Coachella Valley resident Shelby Lynne recently released an album of Dusty Springfield-inspired songs. (Special to The Press-Enterprise) Rancho Mirage resident Shelby Lynne is coming to the Stagecoach Country Music Festivalon Friday, May 2. I interviewed her last week and…



A Taste of Stagecoach: Dierks Bentley

Happy Friday, everyone. Today’s Stagecoach clip is from country star Dierks Bentley. I’m getting on the phone with him for an interview in a few minutes and I hope to talk with him about his new greatest hits album (he’s…



A taste of Stagecoach: Shooter Jennings

Shooter Jennings has the DNA for country stardom–he’s the son of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Coulter. He’s playing Friday, May 2, at Stagecoach. He’s more of the southern rock bent, but he’s really good. Sometimes he reminds me a little…



A Taste of Stagecoach: Cross Canadian Ragweed

Here’s today’s Taste of Stagecoach . Cross Canadian Ragweed has been around for a while playing nouveau country rock. If you like bands like the Outlaws you might be into them. I dig this song–it’s called “Jenny.” It’s one of…



A taste of Stagecoach: Carolina Chocolate Drops

It’s time for another look at a Stagecoach artist. The Carolina Chocolate Drops are amazing. Think bluegrass with the familiar feeling of a backyard jug band. I love the harmonies. They will be a must see on the bluegrass stage….



A taste of Stagecoach: Earl Scruggs

One of the really cool things about Stagecoach is the attention paid to bluegrass. There is basically a bluegrass stage with some of the biggest pickers and players of the last 50 years. Returning for a second time is bluegrass…



Stagecoach: Single day tickets on sale

Due to an overwhelming demand, tickets for individual days for the Stagecoach Country Music Festival are on sale, organizers said. Previously, tickets were only available in a three-day package for the event, which runs from May 2 through 4 at…



A taste of Stagecoach: Ryan Bingham

If you want to know about Ryan Bingham, go buy his album “Mescalito.” His songs are about his life–the good, the bad, the journey. I interviewed him earlier today and you can tell he’s truly a genuine guy. He also…



A taste of Stagecoach: Shelby Lynne

With Stagecoach and Coachella coming up, it might be nice to get a feel for what the artists are all about. So here’s the debut of “A Taste of Stagecoach.” Today we’re giving a look at desert resident Shelby Lynne,…



Stagecoach FAQ

(The Press-Enterprise/2007) Here’s what you need to know about Stagecoach Country Music Festival. When is it? Stagecoach runs from May 2 to May 4. Organizers announced the addition of Friday, May 2, last week. Where is it? It’s at…



More Stagecoach acts added

Following yesterday’s big announcement of the expansion of the Stagecoach Festival to three days and the Eagles returning to the desert, Goldenvoice has announced more acts for Stagecoach. A poster on the Stagecoach Web site has also added Shooter Jennings,…



Local resident at Stagecoach

Sure, Stagecoach’s expansion and the Eagles’ appearance have kept me busy all day, but I am really excited to see desert resident Shelby Lynne. I want to know if she’s going to be doing anything from her Dusty Springfield-inspired “Just…



Eagles at Stagecoach, any solo notes?

The Eagles are playing the newly announced third day of Stagecoach. Hurrah! I’m super excited because I’ve been wanting to see them for a while, but didn’t have the cash to pony up for their shows. Now Don Henley, Glenn…



The Eagles are coming! The Eagles are coming!

In case you haven’t heard, the Stagecoach Country Music Festival is expanding to three days–May 2, 3 and 4 and the Eagles are headlining. That’s right, the Eagles! They outsold Britney Spears last year and now they’re coming to Indio….



Stagecoach adds third day

Don Henley, left, and Glenn Frey of the Eagles perform during the 41st Annual Country Music Association Awards last year in Nashville, Tenn. (The Associated Press) The Stagecoach Country Music Festival has added a third day and snagged the…



Tim McGraw is in your phone

Tim McGraw is coming to your Stagecoach, and your phone! (The Associated Press) If you just can’t get enough of Stagecoach performer Tim McGraw, don’t worry, he can hang out in your phone. McGraw has launched his own mobile…



Bonnaroo lineup released

Pearl Jam, Metallica and Kanye West are heading up the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee June 12 to 15. The lineup was just announced and includes a number of Coachella performers–Jack Johnson, the Raconteurs, Rilo Kiley, My Morning Jacket, Death Cab…



Led Zep again, Page ponders tour

When it comes to Led Zeppelin news, I just can’t get enough. And just in today, guitarist extraordinaire Jimmy Page is telling Tokyo there may be a Led Zep tour in the works. Remember that the band just got…



Stagecoach Update

It appears that Cross Canadian Ragweed has also been added to the 2008 Stagecoach line up. Also, the ultra-VIP “Gold Circle” tickets are sold out. However, reserved and general admission tickets are still available….



American Music Awards or American Idol?

Daughtry just won “Breakthrough Artist,” which was presented to him by last year’s winner and Stagecoach performer Carrie Underwood. This is seriously “American Idol” night. I’m hoping for a cameo by Constantine Maroulis, personally. Daughtry is thanking the fans. Because…



Stagecoach addition

I think the Stagecoach stage might be turning into the “American Idol” stage. Bucky Covington is now listed on the bill for the country music festival in Indio. He’ll join fellow “Idol” contestants Carrie Underwood and Kellie Pickler. Someone…



Stagecoach: It’s all in the family

One of the artists announced for Stagecoach is the bluegrass family band Cherryholmes. You may have seen a documentary on the band on KVCR. They’re in San Bernardino tonight at the San Bernardino Valley College Auditorium and they’ll be in…



Coachella dates announced

So the Stagecoach lineup came out last night (The Judds reuniting!)and this morning I got confirmation on Coachella’s dates. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will be back at the Empire Polo Field in Indio on April 25 to…



Stagecoach lineup announced!

The Judds will reunite for the Stagecoach Country Music Festival on May 3 in Indio. The Stagecoach lineup is out. Coachella’s country music cousin will be taking place May 3-4 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio with a…



Prediction time

Vanessa Franko/The Press-Enterprise David Serby plays on the Palomino Stage at the 2007 Stagecoach Country Music Festival. It’s that time again. The Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio is announcing its lineup on Friday, according to the official Web…



Stagecoach by the numbers

After surviving Coachella last weekend, I had no idea what to expect at Stagecoach. This is what I found: Number of concertgoers on Saturday: 30,000 Number of cowboy hats I spotted: 23, 463* Number of times the words “honky tonk”…



Weirdest booth award

At Coachella, there weren’t many vendors around. At Stagecoach, there are a ton, peddling everything from underwear to wood-burned signs to saddles. I’m not exactly sure who buys a saddle at Stagecoach and carries it around all day, but they…



All up in their grill

If there’s one thing I remember from Stagecoach in 10 years, it will probably be two words uttered by California BBQ Association president Thom Emery. I had no idea barbecueing was so competitive; that it had travel teams, young prodigies…



Driftin’ from the pack

Some people watch “Gilligan’s Island” when the Superbowl is on and some people skip the “Spiderman” line to catch an indie flick. Stagecoach wasn’t without those willing ignore what all the fuss was abot to take in something that appeased…



Flatlanders Return To Form

The Flatlanders, one of alternative country music’s most influential acts, put an album out way back in the early ’70s and then disappeared for a few decades before returning to the stage. The band may not have been together, but…



Kristofferson Does It His Way

Kris Kristofferson has never been a typical country star. In a genre dominated by those with conservative political leanings he’s always gone the other way. Even in the Highwaymen with Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings by his side Kristofferson was…



Food for thought

If it ain’t meat, people won’t eat. That seems to be the idea behind the food choices and popularity of the eats at Stagecoach. The “Thai-Chinese BBQ” stand was empty on Sunday, and the pizza booth, I Love Spicy Pie….



Dancing with themselves

It amazes me how the audience at Stagecoach has no qualms about dancing, even if everyone else around them is sitting down in camping chairs and watching the performer on the stage. During the Railbenders on Sunday afternoon, I saw…



Bending the rails

The Railbenders took the Palomino stage a few minutes early on Sunday afternoon and played a blistering set of honky tonk and country-tinged rock songs. “Thank you for coming out and seeing us. I know there’s a lot going on,”…



Don’t judge a book by its tats

The only way to avoid seeing a cowboy hat in some fashion at Stagecoach is to look directly to the ground, and if you do that — there’s no way to avoid seeing a pair of cowboy boots. This, of…



Hot out of Canada

With an ensemble that includes flute and harp, Cowboy Celtic brought some fresh sounds to the quirky Mustang Stage. It’s decorated with bales of hay, wagon wheels, potted trees and cactuses, and a chandelier woven out of antlers. There’s a…



For children only?

You can’t miss it, though a lot of people avoid it. Smack in the middle of the grounds at Stagecoach is what looks to be a massive soccerball roofing the children’s area. You’d think at a country festival, a giant…



Fire up the grills

Coming into Stagecoach on Sunday, there was a massive grill–I’m talking the size of a motor home, seriously–near the main gates in the camping area by one of the many Toyota Tundra promotional areas. Inside, I can’t seem to shake…



Staging Day Two

Day two of Stagecoach and day five in the last nine days of being out here at the Empire Polo Fields. I feel like I live here. It’s been a grind at times, but the music has been plentiful and…



Gone country

Dressed simply in a white button-down shirt, a cowboy hat and jeans, Alan Jackson opened his set on the Mane Stage on Saturday night with “Gone Country,” a perfect sentiment for the inaugural Stagecoach festival. Jackson sounds exactly like he…



Talking with the Old 97’s

I chatted with the Old 97’s after their Saturday afternoon set to talk about their impressions of Stagecoach and their new album after explaining to guitarist Ken Bethea that Indio and Palm Springs are two different places. On Stagecoach: “It’s…



Cover girls

Unlike Coachella, a cover song seems to be a staple in a Stagecoach set. Sara Evans is covering Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way” on the Mane Stage on Saturday evening as I type. Miranda Lambert sang Creedence Clearwater Revival’s…



Celebspotting: Stagecoach Day 1

Mojo Nixon is in the building–or rather on the fields. The actor and singer, who has starred in such popular movies as “Rock ‘N’ Roll High School Forver,” with Corey Feldman, and “Super Mario Bros,” has been spotted at Stagecoach….



Fashion statement

Concertgoers at Coachella made hats out of the recycling bin lids, but I’ve seen a number of people at Stagecoach wearing cowboy hats made out of beer boxes. They’re rectangular on the top and have a brims similar to a…



Indio or Bedrock?

“It’s like doing a gig on the moon,” Old 97’s guitarist Ken Bethea, proclaimed from the Palomino Stage during the band’s set on Saturday afternoon. “It’s like doing a gig in ‘The Flintstones,'” bassist Murry Hammond countered, looking out at…



Making the most of his time

David Serby opened up the Palomino Stage on Saturday, playing the first notes of the inaugural Stagecoach festival. Dressed in a red western shirt and a cowboy hat, Serby played his bluesy, down home twangy ditties. “I don’t like to…



Stagecoach Take One

Back at the Polo Fields in Indio a week after Coachella and the fans on the grounds could not be more different. Dreadlocks and mohawks have been replaced by cowboy hats and golf caps. The crowd is older, richer but…



Giddy up

The gates have just opened at the inaugural Stagecoach Festival at Empire Polo Field in Indio. About a thousand people lined up to get in, busier than the Coachella line last Friday, armed with camping chairs, hats and sunscreen. Concertgoers…



Star sightings (and signings)

Stagecoach has announced some artists who will be giving their John Hancocks for fans at the Virgin Megastore tent this weekend. Saturday: 3 – 4 p.m. Jason Michael Carroll 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. Eric Church 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Miranda…



Hot tickets

If you’re interested in checking out the Stagecoach country music festival in Indio this weekend but don’t want to pony up the money for the tickets, try your luck at the casino. Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage is bringing…



Willie The Cool

Willie Nelson is oblivious to the outside world and because of that he may just be the coolest man alive. He just chills up there on stage with every hair still in his head, a smile on his face and…



Country Shows Up a Week Early

As Los Angeles pop country outfit Nickel Creek plays it’s sunny harmony-laden tunes under the burning sun and the rustling wind it’s easy to feel like this music is the soundtrack to the California desert. After all, this is the…