This year’s Stagecoach brought out legends Roy Clark, Kenny Rogers and Alabama. I found a vendor bringing back some all-stars from the Country Western apparel past as well.
Vintage boots “from Tony Lama to Kenny Rogers” sat inside the La Bomba Vintage tent. Ostrich skin boots, leather boots, red boots, patchwork boots from the 50s, 60s and 70s made up just some of its stock, which sold for $40 to $100. To spot them you had to wander to the back of the tent, behind the front display of what sells easily here — cowboy hats.
Owner Albert Gonzales said he couldn’t estimate how many hats he sold this weekend. It’s his sixth year selling at Stagecoach and he said it’s hot, it’s Stagecoach — cowboy hats are a no-brainer.
The boots are the pride of his tent and the store of the same name in Pomona. The store also cuts and dyes old Levi 501s into trendy, colorful shorts.
Turns out jeans and boots from the past recycle just as well as honky-tonk tunes at Stagecoach.
That’s how MyCoachella.com contributor Crystal Chatham described bluegrass music as we walked into the Mustang tent to see Greensky Bluegrass.
I think of it as music I can’t stand still to.
When the bluegrass jam band got going, their pickin’ fingers revved, we both got what we came for. The five instruments made a sound so full and varied that the movers got to moving while the music filled the tent like sparkling blue water fills a Palm Springs swimming pool.
The Michigan quintet didn’t say much, but mentioned Stagecoach ended a series of California concerts they’d had a good time playing. They look like guys who have a good time whenever they have stringed instruments in-hand.
Anders Beck, who plays the dobro, or resophonic guitar, wondered aloud about California Westerns. The bad guys always wore black hats and the good guys white. Is that how it really is? he asked. Because I’ve always wanted a black cowboy hat.
“I’m not a bad guy,” he repeated a few times, to be clear.
Their fourth studio album “Handguns” is available at the on-site record store.
We’ll be shooting fans all across the Stagecoach grounds as well as Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Chris Isaak, Dave Alvin, Old Man Markley and of course, headliners Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton. Check out our photos here.