Stagecoach Festival 2017 - Saturday


Apr 29, 2017 – 12:00 PM

81-800 Avenue 51
Indio, CA 92201 Map

  • Stagecoach Festival
  • Tucker Beathard
  • Black Pistol Fire
  • Shania Twain
  • Dan + Shay
  • Steve Moakler
  • Brett Eldredge
  • Maren Morris
  • Robert Ellis
  • Tommy James and the Shondells
  • Willie Nelson
  • Jamey Johnson
  • John Doe
  • Brooke Eden
  • Kip Moore
  • Nikki Lane
  • Bobby Bones
  • Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights

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Stagecoach Festival: Stagecoach is California's premiere country music festival. Held every spring at the Empire Polo Grounds, Stagecoach features the top names in country music. Past performers have included superstars like Willie Nelson, Eagles, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, and many more.

Beyond the music, there was a wide variety of art including country music memorabilia, antique cowboy gear, rawhide sculptures, western heritage installations and Americana folk arts. Additionally, music fans saw activities like saddle making, blacksmiths, rodeo gear, lasso and trail boss seminars, among others. Stagecoach also features top notch food from acclaimed California restaurants, as well as the Stagecoach Invitational BBQ Championship hosted by the Kansas City BBQ Society.

Tucker Beathard: Country music fans might have heard about Tucker Beathard before he even started performing. Son of country songwriter Casey Beathard, Tucker's rebellious nature became the inspiration for his father's song, "Homeboy", which became a hit for Eric Church.

In fact, Tucker wasn't even certain that he wanted to follow in his father's footsteps. It was only after declining a promising baseball scholarship that Tucker decided to create his own brand of rock and country. He released his debut EP, The Demos, Vol.1, in 2015, which featured the hit single, "Rock On". He followed his initial EP with another in 2016, entitled "Fight Like Hell".

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Shania Twain: Before 1990, people would have found it hard to believe that a Canadian singer could become one of the most popular country stars in the United States; including Shania Twain. Nonetheless, she was a part of the country revival in the US in the 1990s and became a hit with her sold-out tour dates. Twain has won five Grammys and became the first non-US citizen to win a Country Music Award. While the artist doesn't have any tour dates in 2011, Shania Twain does have a book and television show releasing soon. The singer has also recently announced that she is working on new music, which hopefully means the announcement of a new album and concert dates in the near future.

Shania Twain was born Eileen Regina Edwards on August 28, 1965, in Windsor, Ontario. Her family was often poor and struggled to keep food in the house, prompting Shania to sing in dive bars at last call for extra cash. After being discovered by a Canadian DJ, Shania Twain spent the next few years singing back-up on various country albums. In 1987 her mother and stepfather died in a car crash and Shania was left to support her siblings, leading her to sing country on tour dates to make ends meet for her and her siblings. While performing regularly at the Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Twain began sending in country demos which eventually caught the eye of Mercury Nashville Records.

Shania released her debut, self-titled album in 1993 which -- while not a huge commercial success in North America -- gathered a large fan base for the rising star. Even before the release of the album, Twain and producer Robert "Mutt" Lange had been working on songs together that the label refused to put on her debut album. These songs would appear on Twain's 1995 follow-up, The Woman in Me, which launched the vocalist into the mainstream. It also allowed her to headline her first ever tour dates, gaining Shania Twain even more exposure. The album went diamond just before the release of Twain's third album, Come on Over, in 1997. The record not only allowed Twain to break into superstardom, it also broke a lot of other records. Debuting at #2 on the Billboard 200, it surpassed Jagged Little Pill as the best-selling studio album of all time by a female artist, the best-selling country album ever, and is widely regarded as the 11th best-selling album of all time. By this time, Shania Twain was selling out tour dates all over the world, giving her an international base of loyal fans.

While many artists falter after large-scale success, such was not the case with Shania Twain. Her next double album, Up!, was released in 2002 and was received with rave reviews. The album ended up going diamond in the US (diamond twice in Canada) and debuted at #1 on the charts. Other than a Greatest Hits album in 2004, Twain has mysteriously disappeared from the music scene. However, Twain's passion for making music has been rekindled, as she seems serious about the rumors of new songs. Fans disappointed at the lack of tour dates in 2011 might not have to wait long for the premier of new material at concert dates in the future.

Brett Eldredge: Some life-changing moments are only apparent in retrospect. Brett Eldredge recognized his as it was happening. The Paris, IL native was at the Station Inn, an historic bluegrass/country venue, in Nashville. His cousin Terry, a veteran of Dolly Parton's band and now a member of the Grascals, was playing with a band called the Sidemen, and a mesmerized Brett was in the crowd. "He asked me to come up on stage and told me to pick a song to play with the band," says Brett. …“That was the point where I thought, 'This is it. This is something I've got to do.'"

The talent that let him turn his dream into reality—the depth of his writing and the sheer power of his smoky and expressive baritone—are both apparent in his first single “Raymond.” He has earned a reputation as much for the strength of his writing as for his world-class voice. Brett and co-writer Pat McLaughlin landed a song called "I Think I've Had Enough" on Gary Allan's latest album, Get Off On The Pain, and one of his frequent collaborators is Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry stalwart Bill Anderson

"As a songwriter," he says, "my aim is to portray a little bit of me and my life along with the stories of other people and turn them into something that can really touch somebody's heart and soul. We sit down on Music Row every day and write songs and every once in a while a song like ‘Raymond’ comes from such a real place. I hope it's that real to other people and that I can make them feel the way I felt when I wrote it and when I sing it."

Maren Morris: At first glance it's easy to dismiss a singer-songwriter who seems to have just appeared on the music scene; especially a young female. In the case of Maren Morris that would be a mistake on several counts. Mention "teen singer" and eyes roll and stereotypes spring to mind, but one phrase sung with this vocalist and all that evaporates.

Maren has been performing live for many years and recorded her first CD titled "Walk On", at age 14. She also writes and performs her own music in her band. The Arlington, Texas high school student released her second record of all-original tunes in October 2007 titled "All That It Takes".

Her style transcends Rock, Country, Blues and Pop styles, with soulful vocals that invite yet defy comparison to current and past musical performers. Maverick Magazine (UK) said Maren "...conjures Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Natalie Maines" while the Fort Worth Weekly called her "...a tiny hurricane of blue-eyed soul." Whatever you call her Maren's innate vocal phrasing, intuitive writing and solid guitar performances stun audiences at live shows and shine through in her recordings.

Maren attended the first ever Grammy Camp, presented by the Recording Academy, as the only Texas artist invited - helped by an introduction through the Texas Music Project - among 43 students from across the nation. The Camp teamed her with other songwriters, musicians and music industry greats such as producers David Foster and Paul Williams. She is also a voting member of the Academy.

The singer/songwriter has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such talent as Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Cheyenne Kimball, Bob Schneider, Monte Montgomery and the Randy Rogers Band. She was named 2007 Songwriter of the Year and the 2006 and 2007 Female Vocalist of the Year by the Fort Worth Weekly and Rising Star of the Year at the 2005 Terry Awards. A tour of England in the summer of 2006 marked Maren's first foray outside the United States, consisting of five live shows and three BBC appearances with a trip to France coming in the summer of 2008.

Maren Morris has been paying her dues for years and is finally earning the respect of her peers and others across the music industry. Those who might once have viewed her as a novelty must now reckon with the fact that she has grown in all areas of music. Her writing, vocal ability and guitar playing have all come of age.

Robert Ellis: The New York Times recently proclaimed that Houston, Texas native Robert Ellis sounds "equally inspired by Jackson Browne and George Jones." Not a bad reference point for an artist only twenty-two years old. Ellis cut his teeth performing the songs of similar luminaries around town, most notably at the neighborhood beacon, Fitzgerald's. His "Whiskey Wednesdays" at that club are regularly packed with punkish newcomers and graying locals sharing a mutual interest in artists ranging from Ray Price to Buck Owens to the Rolling Stones. Ellis has songwriting ability equal to his encyclopedic knowledge of these greats and it shines on his upcoming New West Records debut, Photographs, due this July. The young songwriter's second release is an impressive and diverse concept album split between five breathtaking folk songs and five soon-to-be country standards. Listening to Photographs, one finds it difficult to pigeonhole Robert Ellis. It's even harder to remember that he's barely just begun.

Willie Nelson: Country music legend Willie Nelson has set the bar pretty high for contemporary musicians, having written some of country's most popular songs and even helping to pioneer outlaw country. He is well known for creating Farm Aid, and perhaps even more well known for the tour dates that fund the operation. Nelson's albums have become some of the best selling for any country music artist, releasing 67 studio albums and 27 collaborations with some of country's biggest stars.

Willie Nelson began playing the guitar from a young age, participating in bands and singing in the church choir. He moved to Washington in 1956 to begin a professional career in music, but became more successful writing songs for others while he struggled to play small tour dates. He retired to Austin, TX in 1971, but found that the city's liberal music scene inspired him to create his own brand of country music. He became Atlantic Records' first country artist and debuted his more laid back, rock-inspired sound (later becoming a part of outlaw country) on his 1974 album, Phases and Stages. Nelson continued to display this sound on 1975's Red Headed Stranger, on collaborative albums with artists like Jessi Colter, Merle Haggard, and Waylon Jennings, and on tour dates that were becoming a huge draw.

The 1978 album, Stardust, showed that Nelson could achieve the opposite of his earlier career by turning country standards into his own hit songs. In 1985, Willie Nelson joined Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash in forming The Highwaymen. The country supergroup released three hit albums over the next ten years and played sold-out tour dates to overly enthusiastic fans. Willie Nelson spent most of the 90s playing tour dates until the release of the smash-hit Teatro in 1998, which featured back-up vocals by Emmylou Harris. Willie Nelson was joined by even more mainstream artists on the 2002 album, The Great Divide, which featured Rob Thomas, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, and Alison Krauss. Additionally, in 2003, he appeared on country megastar Toby Keith's chart topping song, "Beer for My Horses".

Ever the philanthropist, Nelson headlined the 2005 Tsunami Relief Austin to support victims of the the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake. 2007 saw a collaboration album between Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price titled Last of the Breed, which was followed a year later by Nelson's solo album, Moment of Forever. Both albums broke into the top ten of Billboard's Top Country Albums.

In 2012, Nelson signed with Legacy Recordings to release both future and curated past recordings. He began his tenure with 2012's Heroes, which featured mostly standards and guest appearances by Snoop Dogg, Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson, and more. However, it also featured new songs that Nelson wrote with his sons Lukas and Micah. A year later, Nelson followed-up with To All The Girls..., which featured his collection of duets with female artists like Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, among others. The latter album became his 46th album to break into the top ten of Billboard's Top Country albums, as well as his second album to be featured in the top ten of the Billboard 200.

Nelson continued to shine in his career resurgence, with his 2014 album Spirit topping country charts; the first time the musician had done so since 1986.

Jamey Johnson: This former Marine crafted his rebellious singer-songwriter persona whilst in the service. His music reminds us of the days when country music was lawless and raw. Whether writing about addiction, heartache, family, or women, Jamey Johnson has become country's newest outlaw because his songs are written from the heart. Jamey Johnson tour dates have been scheduled nationally, fulfilling Johnson's lifelong dream of traveling the country to share his gift with his fans.

Johnson hails from Alabama and after a short stint at Jacksonville State University, the country music rebel enlisted with the US Marine Corps and stayed for eight years before moving to Nashville in 2000 to pursue his career. His songwriting talents were quickly noticed, and he penned the hit single "Honkytonk Badonkadonk" for Trace Adkins in 2005. It was soon after this that he signed a deal with BNA records to cut an album. The following year he released The Dollar, whose title track peaked at #14 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. With only lukewarm sales, Johnson was soon dropped from BNA and he became somewhat reclusive. However, Johnson wouldn't be out of the scene for too long; he returned to his songwriting roots and penned George Strait's #1 country hit "Give it Away" and Joe Nichols' hit "Another Side of You." Without a record deal, Johnson self-recorded and produced 2008's That Lonesome Song, which caught the attention of label execs at Mercury Nashville. He was soon signed to the record label and released the hit single "In Color" the following year. In 2009, "In Color," was awarded with the Song of the Year award by the Academy of Country Music and was also nominated for two Grammy Awards. With critical acclaim and a gold-certified album, Johnson's return was one of redemption. In 2010, Johnson released the gold certified The Guitar Song, which featured the hit track, "Heartache." In support of the album, Jamey Johnson tour dates were scheduled at various locations throughout the US.

The Jamey Johnson concert schedule 2011 has him slated as the opening act for Kid Rock's Born Free Tour. Jamey Johnson tour dates and appearances highlight the singer-songwriter's ability to relate to people from all walks of life, and all four corners of the globe. Make sure you don't miss out on the chance to catch this country outlaw live; make Eventful your source for Jamey Johnson tour dates.

John Doe: John Doe is also the bassist for the legendary L.A. punk band X. His solo career has spanned across many styles of roots and Americana, folk, rock, and beyond. He plays lots of intimate clubs and is absolutely fantastic!

Brooke Eden: In her brazen new single "Daddy's Money," Brooke Eden concisely lays out her doctrine: work hard, use what you have and never ever rely on someone else for your success. While the young singer has always had the support of her father and mother, she didn't benefit from the parental pocketbook. In fact, as the daughter of a carpenter who moonlighted as a drummer in a country band, Brooke grew up leaner than most. And that scrappy underdog mentality is all over her soulful and bluesy brand of country music.

"My parents never had a lot of money, but they made sure I had their support behind me: 'We can't buy your way in, but you can do it — you just have to work a little bit harder,'" says Brooke, recalling her folks' insight.

Clearly, the Florida native — who grew up midway between the sands of West Palm Beach and the swamps of the Okeechobee — was paying attention. "You don't have to come from a super affluent family to become what you want to be," she says. In songs like "Daddy's Money" and the clever girl-power anthem "Sunday Morning," as well as live onstage, Brooke is a confident and commanding vocalist, poised to follow in the footsteps of her chief country inspiration and BBR Music Group labelmate, Jason Aldean.

"I like strong voices," says Brooke, who cites vocal influences ranging from Shania Twain to Etta James. "Women didn't always get to sing about receiving respect, but those women commanded it. And with Jason, I just love how he mixes rock into country. As a musician, you're constantly studying other artists and making things your own."

Brooke — who announced her arrival with the Sirius/XM The Highway staple "American Dreamin'" — has been keenly listening to other singers and musicians since she was just six years old, soaking in every note as she watched her dad's band play throughout southeast Florida. An accomplished performer at 13, she opened for big names like Alan Jackson and Brooks & Dunn all the while working her way through school to earn a degree in marketing from the University of Florida. A stint as a bartender followed, until her boss heard her sing, and promptly fired her — "You'll thank me later," he said.

Relocating to Nashville, she headed straight to the honky-tonk Tootsie's Orchid Lounge and landed a recurring gig on its world-famous stage. Soon, she was writing her own songs under the tutelage of Tootsie's gregarious bandleader, the late Greg Humphrey, who identified her already-refined chops as an entertainer. "He said, 'Honey, this is honky-tonk school, but if I'm right, I think you've already been through honky-tonk school.' He introduced me to people and they introduced me to other people…" says Brooke, singling out Kallie North and Jessy Wilson of the Muddy Magnolias, who co-wrote "Daddy's Money" inspired by Brooke herself.

"Kallie and I lived together, but I'd go home every two weeks to Florida to make money by playing shows," Brooke says. "Kallie said one time, 'Please don't take this the wrong way, but I always assumed you came from money.' I said, 'Girl, I never had daddy's money!' Two days later, she called me when I was still in Florida and said she had written the song."

Now, "Daddy's Money" has become the cornerstone of Brooke's command-respect mindset. An accomplished songwriter herself who’s written over 100 songs in the past year alone, Brooke furthers that mindset in the equally strong "Sunday Morning." Written by Brooke with #1 songwriter Justin Wilson, the song boasts one of the most country turns-of-phrase in recent years.

"Dating in 2015 is just friends with benefits. It's a super messed-up world we're living in," says the down-to-earth chanteuse. “I wrote the song after getting an early-Sunday morning call from a friend to pick her up at a guy's house. My friend said that he left her there all alone, without even saying bye!”

Continues Brooke, “I told her, 'That is NOT ok. If you're going to be his Saturday night, you'd better be his Sunday morning!' And that became the chorus."

For Brooke, self-respect is paramount, especially for women. But she doesn't flaunt it via tough talk or lyrics about shotguns. Instead, she exudes it gracefully.

"Anytime I've demanded respect, I've gotten it. You're treated the way you want to be," says Brooke, who is wrapping up work on her full-length RED BOW Records debut.

"Everybody's story is different, and I've had to be really patient to get where I am in my life and career," she says. "But I've always believed that, just as my parents said, I could do it. It's all about constantly having faith that you were put here to do something special."

Kip Moore: Singer-songwriter Kip Moore combines a raw and rustic voice with compelling lyrics of honesty to create a unique sound that’s simultaneously hypnotic and edgy. His voice is weathered by life’s detours and disappointments and strengthened by his dreams and determination. His music is infused with relentless intensity, both of passion and frustration.

The boy who grew up daydreaming about life outside of the small town of Tifton, Ga., became a man who has been continually inspired by Bruce Springsteen and Kris Kristofferson to paint vivid portraits with his lyrics.

His music powerfully captures some of the contradictions that he grapples with personally. Although he’s from a large family and enjoys musical collaborations and performing onstage, he’s an introvert who is often more comfortable being alone. Despite its edge, his music remains desperately optimistic.

During high school, he secretly began playing his brother’s guitar because he was intimidated by the talent of his mother and older brother. “I would play when nobody was around, just figuring out stuff, watching his hands and trying to do the same thing.”

Kip moved to Hawaii on a whim with just a backpack, a surfboard and a friend. They slept on an airport bench the first night and then lucked into a hut that was $50 a month. They would walk or hitchhike the mile to the beach daily. After six months of this tropical paradise, Kip thought he had found his permanent home until his friend encouraged him to pursue songwriting as a living.

He drove to Nashville on Jan. 1, 2004 in an old black Nissan truck that contained one bag and his guitar. He immersed himself in the songwriting community, observing songwriters’ rounds for two years and honing his craft before gaining the confidence to join in. After four years of performing locally, he caught the attention of Creative Artist Agency’s Mark Dennis, who called Universal Music Group Nashville’s Joe Fisher. Not only did Joe’s encounter lead to his record deal with MCA Nashville, but it also brought about his introduction to songwriter Brett James, who produced Kip’s debut album.

He also found important relationships with songwriters Dan Couch, Scott Steppakoff, Westin Davis and Kiefer Thompson, two of whom didn’t have publishing deals when he began writing with them.

And different his debut project is, as evidenced by the album’s first single, “Mary Was the Marrying Kind,” the story of the one who got away. The dreamy and spell-binding song is the true story of one of Kip’s friends, who returned to his hometown after about six years and saw the once tall, lanky girl who had since come into her own and become a model.

Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights: Jonathan Tyler is an American born rock and soul singer, musician, and songwriter who began performing at thirteen. His debut album, Hot Trottin’ (Jonathan Tyler Music/Indie)’, is currently enjoying spin time on Austin’s KLBJ radio. The CD’s single, GYPSY Woman, is quickly becoming a request line anthem. HOT TROTTIN is produced by Jonathan Tyler. Chris Bell mixed the album and the mastering was done by Sterling Sound.

Jonathan Tyler and The Northern Lights is composed of JT on lead vocals and lead guitar, Nick to the Jay on bass and additional vocals, Jordan Cain, on drums, Kansas on rhythm guitar and Mo Brown on additional vocals and tambourine. The band has opened for Chicago, Kool and the Gang, and Leon Russell.

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