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.”
Norah Jones performs with the Little Willies on the Palomino Stage on the first day of Stagecoach country music festival in Indio on Friday, April 26, 2013. (Richard Lui The Desert Sun)
The Little Willies opened to a half-empty but filling tent on Friday evening. Norah Jones’ voice is unmistakable as she thanks the crowd for coming to the band’s tent.
The band plays a number of catchy fun tunes all to something reminiscent of old New Orleans blues meets Nashville country. “Tennessee Stud” was a danceable treat where “Love Me” showcases Jones signature bluesy chops backed with a little twang.