Stagecoach 2014

Black Lillies band
Story and photos by Pat Krause
Story and photos by Pat Krause

Stagecoach exceeded all expectations again this year. The weather was better than Coachella Fest with less wind and mild temperatures. Some of the top names in country music performed on the Mane Stage. Friday nights lineup included Thomas Rhett, Easton Corbin, Brantley Gilbert and Eric Church. Other bands performed earlier in the day on the Mane Stage. The Palomino stage saw favorites Shelby Lynne, Katey Sagal and Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Black Lillies and Wailin Jennys on the Mustang Stage. Some of the bluegrass bands played early in the afternoon.

The evening performances on Saturday included Jennifer Nettles from Sugarland, Tyler Farr and the young heart throb, Hunter Hayes. Hunter was all over the stage and showed how versatile he really is by playing the piano, the drums and the guitar to perfection. The final artist was Jason Aldean.

Evening shows on the Palomino stage saw Don McLean, Crystal Gayle and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Tramples by turtles and Whiskey Shivers played on the Mustang Stage. There were many good singers and bands earlier that a lot of the fans missed because they were focused on the night shows.

Sunday night’s performers were Lee Brice, and Florida Georgia Line that really got the audience rallying around the songs. FGL is all over the stage and went from one platform to another to sing. The fans stuck around for the whole show of Luke Bryan. It was wall to wall fans all the way to the Ferris Wheel in the back of the area.

Duane Eddy, Wanda Jackson, Michael Nesmith and John Prine played the Palomino Stage while Sleepy Man Banjo Boys and Asleep at the Wheel play the Mustang stage.

There was the Half Pint Hootenanny tent for youngsters and the Honky Tonk dance hall for dancing enthusiastic. Long lines were at the shop’s selling T-shirts and cowboy hats. Groups of young people waited in line to recharge cell phones as selfies and videos were a big part of the days.

A huge supply of various foods and drinks were available for purchase at several locations. It seemed that Friday saw the younger crowd while Sat and Sunday saw all ages. Cowboy boots were worn and of course, the young girls wore short shorts and skimpy tops. The younger guys were bare chested showing their tattoos and muscles. It’s a fun party for all ages, and everyone got to hear their favorite artist to boot.