With Coachella finally out of the way, it’s now time to focus on Country Coachella aka Stagecoach. Just like Coachella, the headliners aren’t necessarily the most interesting performers to see at this festival so with that in mind and now that the set times are posted, here is a potential strategy to see some worthwhile artists this weekend.
1: 30PM The Haden Triplets – What a treat to hear these three amazingly talented sisters harmonize
3:00PM Lydia Loveless – A nice new discovery. Country with a nice bite to it. Perfect for Stagecoach.
3:20PM The Handsome Family – If you’ve seen True Detective, you’ve heard The Handsome Family. 3:20 may be a little too early to hear this late night and alone at the bar songs but not no matter the time of day, their songs will stick with you long after the show is over
4:00PM The Lone Bellow – Inspirational music that will be cool to hear in the fading sun of the Coachella Valley
5:20PM Sturgill Simpson – The only crossover from Coachella. Sturgill’s edgy music should be embraced for those that like two types of music country and western.
6:10PM Kacey Musgraves – I predict the next time Kacey plays Stagecoach she’ll be a headliner.
7:45PM Merle Haggard – A legend. Why would you miss this opportunity to hear him?
8:30PM Podunk Poets – LA upstarts, this duo trade vocals that remind me of John Doe and Exene of The Knitters
2:40PM Nikki Lane – Another exciting newcomer. Her last album “All Or Nothin” is a country treat
3:40PM Mac Davis – Man, I loved the sound of those classic 70s hits. I hope he brings a string section along to help with “Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me”
4:50PM Cassadee Pope – Winner of The Voice in 2012 She could be the next Carrie Underwood if she can find the right song to fit her pop country voice.
5:50 Charles Esten – Not only a singer but a fine actor from Nashville, The Office. Improv actor from Who’s Life Is It Anyway and little know fact, he’s also a mighty fine youth soccer coach when I knew him as simply Chip Puskar
6:50PM Gregg Allman – He no longer has The Brothers to support him which should free up Gregg to expand on his amazing catalogue of songs.
8:15PM ZZ Top – I expect all the country guitar slingers to be at this show to watch the masters at work
9:30PM Mickey Gilley – There’s a reason Mickey has been around so long. These songs stand the test of time.
10:30PM Miranda Lambert – She’s the deserving headliner. I expect she’ll remind everyone why she’s at the peak of her game with her typically stellar show.
1:00PM Maddie & Tae – Love those harmonies
1:50PM Logan Brill – It’s always exciting to see if a newcomer with strong songs can deliver the goods to a big audience. This will be a good test for Logan.
3:40PM Outlaws – It should almost be worth the price of admission to hear “Green Grass & High Tides” played live
4:45PM Eric Burdon & The Animals – The British invasion stars of the 60s show that they were listening closely to those country hits back in the day. “House Of The Rising Sun” could have been a hit for Johnny Cash.
6:00PM The Oakridge Boys – Nothing better than hearing the Boys sing their songs of ladies and loves and remembrances of times gone by
7:15PM George Thorogood & The Detroyers – I think he’s still bad…to the bone. He’s not too bad with his Hank Williams covers either.
9:15PM Blake Shelton – I’ll expect his show to be ten times crazier than his normal show. It should be a memorable way to end the weekend.