Country classic Alabama and recent Academy of Country Music award winner Jason Aldean closed out Stagecoach day one with back-to-back sets.
In the first celebrity cameo of the festival, pop superstar Kelly Clarkson joined Aldean onstage for their award-winning single “Don’t You Wanna Stay.”
(Though was it a real cameo? Verdict is out. The crowd sure responded like it, but reaction later on Twitter was mixed. Some say it was a pre-recorded video. Some say she was up on stage. I was too far back to say for sure, though I thought it was really her!)
Either way, the 50,000-plus fans at Stagecoach definitely want to stay a little while.
“You guys know how to party!” Aldean said in his third Stagecoach appearance.
If the Day One artists are anything to go by, we have plenty of cover songs, debut singles and crowd sing-alongs In store the next two days!
When I took a trip last month back to East Texas, I figured “Dirt Road Anthem” by tonight’s Stagecoach headliner, Jason Aldean, would anchor the trip’s soundtrack.
But I was surprised to find that there was a lot more pavement in East Texas than I remembered. County roads, Farm-to-Market roads, even the way to Holland Quarters on FM 959 that I hadn’t ever explored when I lived in nearby Carthage — they were all paved better than some stretches of Ramon Road, a major throroughfare here in the Coachella Valley.
The closest I got to a dirt road on my East Texas trip was a couple of short unpaved driveways leading up to friends’ homes. Hell, I’d done more dirt-road driving on my latest trip to the Salton Sea.
But it was when I heard the opening guitar line of “Dirt Road Anthem” as the ringtone of some fellow customer at a Chick-Fil-A in Longview that I knew, pavement situation aside, the song really was an anthem that fit in East Texas just as it did back home in California.
Make it your anthem tonight when Aldean hits the Mane Stage at 9:45 p.m.
Check out the new Mountain Dew commercial featuring Jason Aldean, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Lil Wayne and a host of other “Dew Men.”
Taylor Swift may have been the reigning queen of this weekend’s Academy of Country Music Awards, but Stagecoach 2012 artists actually swept most of the awards.
Looking for a place to get started prepping for the April 27-29 festival? Check out these CMA winners:
- Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert (third consecutive)
- Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton
- Album of the Year: Miranda Lambert, “Four the Record” (only female artist to have three consecutive albums win
- Single Record of the Year: Jason Aldean (duet with Kelly Clarkson), “Don’t You Wanna Stay”
- Vocal Event of the Year: Jason Aldean (duet with Kelly Clarkson), “Don’t You Wanna Stay”
- Song of the Year: Eli Young Band, “Crazy Girl” (first-ever CMA)
— EliYoungBand (@EliYoungBand) April 2, 2012