It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for … the artist line up for Stagecoach 2013 will be released early Tuesday morning, we’re told.
Who will be the headliner? Tim McGraw? Kenny Chesney? Zac Brown Band? Carrie Underwood?
Can’t wait to find out!
This was posted on the Stagecoach Facebook page Monday evening:
Photos below: A few of the big acts at the 2012 Stagecoach country music festival. From top clockwise: Brad Paisley,The Band Perry, Miranda Lambert, Sheryl Crow and Kenny Rogers. See more photos of them and other top acts at www.mydesert.com/stagecoach
Very excited my favorite new country band, The Farm Inc., is releasing its first album tomorrow, July 17! The self-titled album features the group’s hit single, “Home Sweet Home.” The band appeared at Stagecoach 2012.
It’s hard to believe Martina McBride has been on the country music scene for 20 years. It seems like just yesterday when I was singing along to “Independence Day” on my car radio when it was released in 1994.
McBride played to an appreciative and enthusiastic Stagecoach crowd on Sunday – and she was just as delighted to be playing for her adoring audience.
“This is my first Stagecoach,” she said. “I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time.”
Her set included “Teenage Daughters,” written by McBride – who has two teenage daughters. “Say a prayer for me,” she said.
She sang, “This One’s for the Girls,” covered “King of the Road,” and dedicated her song, “I’m Going to Love You Through It,” to cancer survivors.
But it was her song, “With a Broken Wing,” that touched the audience – and the singer – the most. The crowd gave a rousing, extended applause that seemed to overwhelm McBride.
McBride, genuinely surprised at the response, became choked up and she had to take a few moments to regain her composure.
She said, “It’s something I’ll never forget. I will all of you could be up here and feel the flood of love I feel.”
At the end of her set, she said, ”I wish I can stay with you all night at Stagecoach – it’s been amazing. I can’t wait to come back and see you.”
The Farm Inc. – a brand new country band featuring Nick Hoffman, Damien Horne and Krista Marie – made its first appearance at Stagecoach Music Festival this afternoon – on the Mane Stage, no less.
I have to admit – I am really partial to this new group. I love the sound – a mix of country, some rock, a little hip hop – and the on-stage interaction between Hoffman, Horne and Marie.
Hoffman – who plays a mean fiddle – was chatty and pumped during the performance – and told a couple of stories:
On their flight to the west coast, Hoffman said a passenger asked, “You’re going to play a country show in California? Do they have country people in California? Hoffman responded, “You’re damn right they do and this proves it right here!” he said, gesturing to the crowd. “Hell Yeah!”
During their set, the band covered Alabama’s “Dixieland Delight,” played beautiful tune called “Be Grateful,” reminding us all to be thankful for what we have, their first single, “Home Sweet Home,” “Fresh off the Farm,” and “Farm Party,” among others. The band’s name gives the group a lot of latitude to have some fun making new song names.
Shortly after The Farm released ”Home Sweet Home,” it was picked up as the theme song on the new CMT series, Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country!
Check out their first single, “Home Sweet Home,” released in the fall of 2011.
Split Lip Rayfield, a dynamo 3-man bluegrass/country/little-touch-of metal-band was one of the opening acts on the final day of Stagecoach 2012. Performing on the Mustang Stage to an appreciative, cheering audience, I saw a sight I’d never seen before … band member Jeff Eaton played a homemade, gas tank bass. Yes, you heard it right. The base was made from a late-70′s Ford Mercury gas tank. Very cool.
Eaton worked up an incredible sweat – quenched by a couple slugs of Bud – banging on the big tank, accompanied by Wayne Gottstine and Eric Mardis. My first time seeing this trio – what a treat!
Split Lip Rayfield hails from Kansas, and after recently playing Evansville, Ind. in 41 degree temps, the band said they were happy to be out here in the sunshine. “It’s good to finally be here with the palm trees … and the awesome people of southern California!”
Brad Paisley dropped in on an episode of ‘South Park’ on Wednesday. The Stagecoach headliner plays himself singing the National Anthem at a Denver Nuggets game, then appears later singing a duet with Cartman. Paisley, who admits to being a big ‘South Park’ fan, Tweeted and posted pictures about his fun experience.