Toby Keith performs on the Mane Stage at Stagecoach at the Empire Polo Fields on Friday, April 26, 2013, in Indio, Calif. (Marilyn Chung/The Desert Sun)
Trace Adkins, Hank Williams Jr. and Toby Keith, the final three acts Friday on the primary Mane Stage, were friends with George Jones, who died Friday and was honored through the day.
But, by the evening, the Stagecoach party was on.
Adkins planned his Stagecoach appearance with the thoroughness of one of his projects on “Celebrity Apprentice,” rocking the audience with “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” and showing his true country colors on the plaintive “This Ain’t No Love Song.”
Jeff Bridges surprisingly is not in full Kris Kristofferson costume today as he took the Palomino stage. Instead the dude dons a straw hat, sunglasses and a salmon colored button up.
One of his earlier songs included slow jam “Hold On You” by John Goodwin, which would normally chill folks out but instead made the crowd more enthusiastic.
Complete with band The Abiders, Bridges says his set is all about friendship and that he met a lot of his buddy’s during the filming of “Heavens Gate” where they “jammed hard in between sets.” Continue Reading