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After two years of pandemic-induced cancellations, nation music competition Stagecoach returns this weekend as hundreds of music followers descended on Empire Polo Membership in Indio, Calif., for night time one of many three-day competition on Friday (April 29).

Temperatures stayed comparatively delicate for the world, rising into the 90s, whereas festival-goers noshed on a wide range of meals from completely different distributors and took within the sounds of a variety of artists together with Charley Crockett, Ingrid Andress, Breland, Midland, Maren Morris, headliner Thomas Rhett and extra.

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Listed below are some highlights from day one among Stagecoach 2022.

5:05 p.m.: Throughout his Mane Stage set, singer-songwriter Ryan Hurd nodded to the 2 years which have handed because the final Stagecoach, and expressed his gratitude to be a part of the occasion. He additionally confirmed off his successes as each a songwriter and artist. Hurd has written hit songs for artists together with Blake Shelton and Woman A, and through his set, he provided up a model of the Hurd-written “Waves,” which turned successful for Luke Bryan. His relaxed method was an ideal match for the early night Stagecoach crowd, as he provided up “To a T.” His spouse and fellow singer-songwriter Morris joined Hurd for a breezy, sultry rendition of their Sizzling 100 hit “Chasing After You.” “Properly, this doesn’t suck,” Morris quipped, earlier than staying for Hurd’s closing track, “Go It On,” an upbeat anthem that provided a pure singalong second for the group.

6:09 p.m.Jordan Davis launched his Mane Stage set together with his Nation Airplay chart-topper “Singles You Up,” earlier than telling the group, “It’s good to be again in California!” “That is about 4 years within the making for me… I’ve had this date circled on my calendar for a very long time,” he stated, profiting from the huge stage whereas he sailed by songs equivalent to “Drink Had Me” and “Lose You.” He additionally provided up a scorching cowl of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ “Mary Jane’s Final Dance.”

6:27 p.m.: Over on the smaller Palomino Stage, Marcus King Band carried out with all of the swagger and uncooked expertise of an act worthy of the larger stage. The gang was almost full and fervent in its response to the gritty vocals of lead singer King, and the band’s heady mixture of blues, blistering rock and vibrant horns. The gang was particularly aware of “One Day She’s Right here” and the ballad “Stunning Stranger,” earlier than the band amped issues again up for a scorching shot of southern rock and a brand new track known as “Good and Gone.”

7:15 p.m.: Midland’s model of retro-progressive music, which frequently incorporates sounds of ’70s California nation, was an ideal match for the Mane Stage because the solar started to set and the crowds turned out in earnest. They kicked off the set with “Play Boys,” and shortly had the crowds in every single place dancing with the barroom-ready “Mr. Lonely.” Notably, the trio’s clean concord fusion sounded each bit nearly as good reside because it does on their file. Afterward, the hazy, languid melody of “Burn Out” wafted on the Indio breeze, and so they adopted with “Dawn Tells the Story” and “Cheatin’ Songs,” earlier than providing up a canopy of “Drivin’ My Life Away” and Garth Brooks’ “A lot Too Younger to Really feel This Rattling Previous.” Additionally they provided followers a style of recent music from their upcoming album, Final Resort: Greetings From, as they welcomed native Californian Jon Pardi for the observe “Longneck Approach to Go.”

7:57 p.m.: Not lengthy into her set over on the Palomino Stage, Tanya Tucker confirmed off her tequila line Cosa Salvaje, taking a swig straight from the bottle and giving out a few photographs to the group. She additionally wore a black shirt emblazoned with the tequila line’s identify. The Palomino Stage crowd was full of devoted Tucker followers, who shouted, cheered and sang alongside as she provided up songs equivalent to “Strolling Footwear.” “Thanks for thus many No. 1 hits,” Tucker stated, earlier than launching into “Love Me Like You Used To” because the rowdy crowd sang alongside on the prime of their lungs. Tucker additionally acknowledged that Brandi Carlile (who co-produced Tucker’s Grammy-winning album Whereas I’m Livin’) was purported to be a performer on the Palomino Stage, however needed to bow out because of catching COVID-19. Tucker then shocked the group by FaceTiming Carlile and dedicating her set to Brandi. In a candy second, Tucker held up her cellphone to the group so they may see Carlile and Carlile instructed the group how a lot she missed them and wished she could possibly be at Stagecoach this 12 months.

8:30 p.m.: Again on the Mane Stage, Morris drew closely from her recently-released album, Humble Quest, throughout her set, providing “I Can’t Love You Anymore” and “Circles Round This City” and “Nervous.” Tucked among the many new songs have been fan favorites “I Might Use a Love Track,” “Lady,” “All My Favourite Folks” and “’80s Mercedes.” By this time, the festival-goers have been dancing to each track, as Morris’s highly effective, crystalline rang out over the huge gathering of music followers. “It smells like pot,” she commented throughout one track, later including the statement, “That is day one and there aren’t any loopy sunburns but. Wait ’til day three.” She later launched what she known as “my morbid love track,” earlier than launching into one other observe from Humble Quest, “Background Music.” She rounded out the set with extra from her string of hits, together with the 2018 pop smash “The Center,” her soulful nation breakthrough “My Church.”

9:53 p.m.: Thomas Rhett has beforehand performed Stagecoach slots opening for Kenny Chesney (in 2017) and Eric Church (2014), however he known as his Mane Stage headlining set on Friday night time a “bucket checklist second.” He took full benefit of that second, as a blaze of technicolor purple lights signaled the beginning of his present. Rhett opened with “Craving You,” his 2017 hit with Morris, although Morris didn’t be part of him on the track. “The place all of the nation women at tonight?” he yelled, and because the crowd response swelled, it appeared a lot of the nation women have been proper there at Stagecoach. From there, he sailed by “Life Adjustments,” “Gradual Down Summer time,” “Get Me A few of That” and “Marry Me.” Pardi made his second look on the Mane Stage that night, becoming a member of Rhett for his or her collaboration “Beer Can’t Repair,” dancing throughout the stage and revving up the huge crowd. The tempo slowed barely for the candy observe “Mama’s Entrance Door,” from Rhett’s latest album, The place We Began. However Pardi wasn’t the one shock Rhett had for the group. A number of artists all through the day provided cowl songs throughout their units, and the night’s headliner was no exception, as he launched into the second Garth Brooks cowl followers heard on Friday, with “Mates in Low Locations.” The gang’s cheers reached peak ranges when he was joined by HARDY and actor Ashton Kutcher, to assist him with the basic nation singalong. He adopted with “Die a Completely happy Man,” “Unforgettable” and “What’s Your Nation Track?,” together with his set concluding as fireworks lit up the late night sky over the desert.





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After two years of pandemic-induced cancellations, nation music competition Stagecoach returns this weekend as hundreds of music followers descended on Empire Polo Membership in Indio, Calif., for night time one of many three-day competition on Friday (April 29). Temperatures stayed comparatively delicate for the world, rising into the 90s, whereas festival-goers noshed on a wide…

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