"I understand we've broken the record with 55,000 people here tonight," Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus told the audience on the second night of the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California. To which you might have said: Only 55,000? It looked like a human sea of Woodstockian proportions, at least if you arrived late enough to find yourself plopping your lawn chair or blanket down at the very back of the field, which was supposedly nine football fields away from the stage.
If you had some peculiar desire for intimacy in your concert-going, however, you could part of the very small percentage of that 55,000 that visited the side tents, where it rarely required much effort to squeeze up to the lip of the stage and stand yards away from legends like Wanda Jackson, Kris Kristofferson, and Mel Tillis or alt-country heroes like k.d. lang and Rodney Crowell. To be almost close enough to touch k.d. lang... or to watch Carrie Underwood on a big-screen TV, taking it on faith that the image you sawRead More »from Rascal Flatts, Carrie Close Out Stagecoach With Classic Rock Covers