Okay everyone - I was raised country but enjoy all types of music if the beat is good. Been known to listen to RAP, POP, DANCE, CLASSIC ROCK, OLD COUNTRY, and especially NEW COUNTRY. Love Hank Williams Jr (his LIVE album is my favorite of all-time) with the sounds of Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Travis Tritt, Garth, and Brooks & Dunn the Country I enjoy the most.
Outside of the 'Top 7' at this year's StageCoach festival, what else is there to offer? Well for guys and girls like me, here is my take on this year's lineup. To be honest, outside of the Top 7 there isn't much to offer GUY'S LIKE ME. Please don't take offense, to each their own, but for those who enjoy the same type of music I think we will be in the same boat. Many of the bands are 1960's style with a flare for the odd (poets?) and a steady dose of new one-hit wonders. Sure, if you are bored, why not check them out since you are paying for two days of music. But if you are a GUY LIKE ME, you will be checking out the scenery, looking at the vendors, or pre-flighting in the RV park for a majority of the StageCoach lineup.
Brooks & Dunn
Joey + Rory – CHEATER, CHEATER (CMT’s Can you Duet Champ) One ‘okay’ song…
Easton Corbin – I’M A LITTLE MORE COUNTRY THAN THAT (Channel Cat line makes me puke)
Merle Haggard – 60’s Icon – OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE, MAMA TRIED
Ray Price - 1960’s PLEASE RELEASE ME LET ME GO
Nick 13 – Old style country sound with a Fresh, Alternative voice…not for everyone.
BJ Thomas – 60’s and 70’s Gospel/Pop Icon: RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD
Bobby Bare – 1960’s country; Sang with Cash, Willie…i.e. your Grandparent’s country!
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver; 1960’s Gospel / Southern Bluegrass
Baxter Black – Poet / Comedian from Western Horseman Magazine…oh yeah! (Not)
Waddie Mitchell – Poet; recites cowboy stories (are your f’ ing serious?)
Trampled by Turtles – Young, interesting, acoustic, Bluegrass; enough banjo to wet your Deliverance whistle yet new age, fun, and hip
Heidi Newfield – JOHNNY & JUNE…and that’s pretty much it.
Williams Riley – Up and coming artist; COUNTRY LIVIN’, I’M STILL ME
The Oak Ridge Boys – ELVIRA, BOBBY SUE – Legend, worth a listen
Bill Anderson – 1960’s Legend, but not my cup of tea (See Little Jimmy Dickens)
Little Jimmy Dickens – Legend, 90 years old. (See Bill Anderson)
The Avett Brothers – FREAKING HORRIBLE!!! Songs are terrible and far from country!
Firefall – STRANGE WAY! 1970’s Rock, some great songs! JUST REMEMBER I LOVE YOU
Chuck Mead – Could be fun; older country sound with fun lyrics and songs…Who knows.
Mary Gauthier – Folk Rock; I am thinking Janis Joplin type…
Carlene Carter – I FELL IN LOVE, EVERY LITTLE THING
Truth & Salvage Co. – Great new sound, in line with Dave Matthews. Worth a listen.
SUMMARY: I would pay $50 to see ANY of the top 7. The remainder is very weak. If they wanted to go old school they should have continued on the line of Firefall and looked at more 70's rock groups. After all, new rock is dead (now Alternative) and country is sounding more like classic rock with each passing year. KID ROCK ANYONE? Even if you know the bands from the 1960's, you rarely listen OR hear their music. AVERAGE GUY SAYS: Break out the Poker Chips, sleep in and relax, walk the grounds, and don't worry about getting your money's worth as long as you have a good time.