25 Apr 19
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Though the top tier acts for the 2019 Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio this year are all male — with Luke Bryan leading the charge on Friday, April 26, Sam Hunt keeping the party going on Saturday, April 27, and Jason Aldean closing out the Mane Stage on Sunday, April 28 — there are plenty of female artists taking charge at the festival. With country darlings and Stagecoach veterans Kacey Musgraves and Maren Morris both enjoying enough crossover success to perform or drop in on Stagecoach’s big sister festival, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival earlier this month, there’s plenty of rising talent and famous faces burning up the radio charts in the genre to shake it up this year.
All of the performances are very spread throughout the three-day weekend across the Mane Stage, Palomino Stage, Sirius XM Spotlight Stage, Horseshoe Stage and inside the Honkytonk Dance Hall. Here are some of the ladies to check out at Stagecoach this year and when to see them.
Friday, April 26
Becca Mancari has a rich Americana and folk singer-songwriter style that shines through the sweet and lap steel-driven single “Golden” off her album, “Good Woman.” She’s also member of the band Bermuda Triangle alongside Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard and Jesse Lafser. Performing on the Palomino Stage from 12:30-1:05 p.m.
The fiery singer-songwriter, who is also part of the band Pistol Annies with Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley, dropped her fourth album, “Sparrow,” last April. She’s also known for her singles “Satisfied” and “I Don’t Want To,” the latter of which features Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn fame. Performing on the Palomino Stage from 2:25-3:10 p.m.
The alt-country artist and Florida native has impressed audiences with her songs like the sassy “Ain’t That Kind of Woman” and the more rockin’ upbeat “Bad Imitation of Something Good.” Performing on the Horseshoe Stage from 5:30-6 p.m.
Kylie Frey, Jamie Floyd and Tiera from “Real Country”
The televised singing competition “Real Country” on the USA Network, which features icons, Stagecoach veterans and country stars Jake Owen, Shania Twain and Travis Tritt as judges, is sending a few artists out to the festival to showcase their chops. Contestants including Kylie Frey, a former rodeo queen turned singer-songwriter; Jamie Floyd, a singer-songwriter that signed her first record deal at the age of 11; and Tiera, a more soulful country singer that taught herself how to play guitar by watching online tutorials, will all be performing on the Horseshoe Stage during the Real Country Finalist showcase from 1-3 p.m.
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Saturday, April 27
Jessie James Decker
She’s a singer, songwriter, fashion designer and a reality TV star. Jessie James Decker, who is married to NFL wide receiver Eric Decker, is known for her E! reality show, “Eric & Jessie: Game On,” as well as her singles “Boots,” “Lights Down Low,” “Boys in the Summer” and more. Performing on the Mane Stage from 4-4:30 p.m.
The bubbly country singer-songwriter, who had previously inked tracks for artists like Sam Smith and Miley Cyrus, struck gold when her own single, “Burning House,” garnered her a Grammy nomination. The California native was studying psychology and working in several research labs when she decided to give it all up to embark on a full-time music career. She’s also known for her songs “Mayday,” “Road to Happiness” and her Dolly Parton-inspired single, “Diane.” Performing on the Mane Stage from 7:20-8:10 p.m.
Actress, singer, songwriter and producer Rita Wilson, who is also married to actor Tom Hanks, just received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame back in March and she’s bringing her band and latest album, “Halfway to Home,” to Stagecoach. She’s a great storyteller who has worked with other writers including Sugarland’s Kristian Bush. Her Southern California style of country music is sprinkled with a little rock in the vein of an artist like Sheryl Crow. Performing on the Palomino Stage from 1:30-2:00 p.m.
The 28-year-old Nashville native was born into country music as the daughter of singer-songwriters Jason Sellers and Lee Ann Womack. She’s forged a path of her own, however, and released her debut album, “New City Blues,” in 2016 that included the singles “Light of Day,” “Sit Here and Cry” and “Liar Liar.” Performing on the Palomino Stage from 2:25-3:10 p.m.
The Texas duo comprised of Trey Smith and Jennifer Fielder mixes country music and rock ‘n’ roll and have been out on tour with artists like Eric Paslay, Jana Kramer, Dustin Lynch and Craig Campbell. SmithField is known for its singles “Good Ol’ Days” and “Hey Whiskey.” Performing on the Sirius XM Spotlight Stage from 2:45-3:10 p.m.
This former pageant queen signed her first record deal just six months after graduating from the University of North Alabama and quickly became an “artist to watch” according to several magazines, including “Rolling Stone” in 2018. She’s known for songs such as “My Boyfriend Doesn’t Speak For Me Anymore” and the ballad “Damage.” Performing on the Sirius XM Spotlight Stage from 2:05-2:30 p.m.
The Kentucky-native has released several albums and been a touring instrumentalist for artists like Hem, Sufjan Stevens and more. She released her latest album, “Meet Me at the River,” in 2018. Performing on the Sirius XM Spotlight Stage from 12:45-1:10 p.m.
Handpicked by Horseshoe Stage and Stage Stop Market Place curator Nikki Lane, 12-year-old Ansley Oakley will play guitar and probably win over a few folks during her set. Performing on the Horseshoe Stage from 4:30-5 p.m.
A Few Miles South
Indie singer-songwriters Blake and Tori left California and moved to Georgia to chase the dream of performing country music and self-released their EP, “Might Could,” which chronicled their journey. Performing on the Horseshoe Stage from 1:30-2 p.m.
The L.A. based country music trio has been heard during KFRG 95.1 FM’s All-Girl Power Hour and is known for its singles including “Sale of the Summer,” “Blood on a Stone,” “Cigarette” and “High on the Radio.” They’ve played festivals like Coastal Country Jam and opened up for Brett Elredge at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa last year and for Jake Owen at the same venue in 2017. Honey County will be doing a special performance at Stagecoach, singing a song dubbed “Country Strong,” that will be accompanied by a new Stagecoach dance, which will honor the country fan community and celebrate, specifically in light of the more recent shootings at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas and The Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks. The dance was created by Stagecoach dance captain Anne Marie Dunn with Borderline dance teacher Kristal Lynn Kozen and will be performed live with more than 100 dancers. Fans are welcome to join in from 5-5:30 p.m. at the Honkytonk Dance Hall.
Sunday, April 28
She has one of the most cleverly written songs on country radio at the moment with her single “Ladies in the ’90s” which pays homage female vocalists such as Lee Ann Womack, Britney Spears, Shania Twain, TLC, Dixie Chicks, Spice Girls and Alanis Morissette. The 24-year-old singer-songwriter’s delivery is also so very sassy and catchy. Since her former classmate and longtime friend Kane Brown is also performing, maybe she’ll pop out to sing their song, “What Ifs.” She may have lost the “American Idol” title to fellow Stagecoach performer Scotty McCreery on the signing competition back in 2011, but she’s done quite well for herself. Performing on the Mane Stage from 6:20-7:10 p.m.
The 22-year-old Texas native was a favorite on NBC’s “The Voice” singing competition and she won the show back in 2013 with country star Blake Shelton as her coach. She has since gone out on tour with artists like Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett, Kane Brown, Hunter Hayes and Brad Paisley. She’s also released two albums, a self titled record in 2013 and “I Don’t Believe We’ve Met,” in 2017. Performing on the Mane Stage from 4-4:40 p.m.
The Australian singer-songwriter has released a couple of albums including her latest, “Don’t Talk About It,” which came out in 2018 and included a single of the same title as well as “It’s So Cruel.” Performing on the Palomino Stage from 1:30-2 p.m.
Canadian country music star Terri Clark should be one of those ladies from the ’90s that Alaina is singing about. She enjoyed numerous hits around that time with “Better Things to Do,” “When Boy Meets Girl,” “If I Were You,” a cover of Warren Zevon’s “Poor Poor Pitiful Me” and “You’re Easy on the Eyes.” She’s continued to perform and rack up awards throughout her career and released her 11th studio album, “Raising the Bar,” in 2018. Performing on the Palomino Stage from 3:25-4 p.m.
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Singer-songwriter Abby Anderson, who just dropped her new single, “Good Lord,” is also going out with Matchbox 20’s Rob Thomas on his solo tour which rolls through the Greek Theatre on June 18. Performing on the Sirius XM Spotlight Stage from 1:25-1:50 p.m.
A Nashville-based singer-songwriter who, on her website, describes herself and music as “Sad songs and street fights; Coca-Cola and steel strings” is currently working on her debut with Alabama Shakes producer Andrija Tokic. Performing on the Horseshoe Stage from 1:30-2:00 p.m.
A singer-songwriter from the Bay Area released her debut album, “Hell of a Woman,” in 2018 and was inspired by girl groups of the 1960s and outlaw country from the 1970s. Performing on the Horseshoe Stage from 2:30-3 p.m.
A Canadian singer-songwriter who now lives in Texas, Whitney Rose released both an album and an EP in 2017 and spawned a couple of singles including “Can’t Stop Shakin’” and “Better To My Baby.” Performing on the Horseshoe Stage from 4:30-5 p.m.
Nikki Lane wears several cowboy hats at Stagecoach. When she’s not curating vendors and showing off her latest fashion trends and vintage wear, Lane is also wrangling talent for her Stage Stop Market Place Horseshoe Stage. Lane is one tough cookie and performs her own blend of Americana and outlaw country. She’s known for songs like “Highway Queen,” “Jackpot,” “Send the Sun” and “Right Time.” Performing on the Horseshoe Stage from 6:30-7:15 p.m.