Don’t miss Luke Bryan headlining Stagecoach on Sunday, May 1.
Stagecoach is back this year, and the lineup as is good as ever. There are enough acts to please every kind of music fan, and the star power in this lineup is second to none. A lot of great acts will take the stage under the desert stars April 29 through May 1, but here are the five acts to watch out for at Stagecoach 2016.
Luke Bryan (Sunday, May 1): Luke Bryan is currently at the apex of his career, and has been for a few years now. Every song he releases is a hit, and in many ways, he is the quintessential modern-day country superstar: He’s got the catchiest songs, the looks, the charisma. He’s the real-life version of Tommy Sweet, the country megastar from Crazy Heart played by Colin Farrell.
John Fogerty (Saturday, April 30): Creedence Clearwater Revival, the legendary band fronted by John Fogerty in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, are right up there with Buck Owens and Merle Haggard as some of the most renowned country acts based out of California – their legacy has survived the test of time. But for 40 years, Fogerty has been adding to his personal resumé and has become one of the most respected artists in country rock.
Little Big Town (Sunday, May 1): Little Big Town are a country group with serious crossover potential (not that we’d want them to). The Alabama quartet have a perfect lineup balance with two ladies and two gentleman that harmonize perfectly. Recent hits “Girl Crush,” “Pontoon,” “Boondocks” and “Day Drinking” have solidified them as one of the hottest acts in country music over the last few years, but their entire repertoire is what makes them a worthwhile group to catch at Stagecoach.
Sam Outlaw (Saturday, April 30): Never mind that Sam Outlaw was born in South Dakota and lived there until he turned 10, this guy is L.A. through and through. His debut album, Angeleno, is a nod to the city he embraced as a performer (over Nashville), and it’s where he spent his formative years. Listen to “Ghost Town,” “Keep It Interesting” and “Country Love Song,” they’re beautifully written throwbacks that’ll earn an “attaboy” from the old timers with just enough of a hook in each song to fit seamlessly into a contemporary country playlist. Keep an eye out for this guy.
Chris Stapleton (Saturday, April 30): As a songwriter, Chris Stapleton has been prolific; he’s penned six No. 1 songs for artists such as Kenny Chesney, George Strait and Darius Rucker, as well as over 150 songs for music superstars such as Adele, Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan and many others. You could say the success of his 2015 debut album, Traveller, has been a long time coming. All signs point to this critically and commercially acclaimed album being the beginning of a very long and successful career, which is why you want to see this guy at this stage of his career.
Stagecoach is April 29, 30 and May 1 at Empire Polo Club in Indio. For tickets and more information, visit stagecoachfestival.com.