When Lady Antebellum closed out Day 2 of the Stagecoach Festival, they namechecked all the performers who'd preceded them on the "Mane Stage" Saturday, from Dierks Bentley on down to early-afternoon opener Jana Kramer. They didn't mention anyone who'd played over in the tents, where some of the real action was.TMZ report. A little bit earlier, Kutcher had taken his own photo of the little-known band the Lone Bellow and tweeted to his 14 million followers that they were "the next thing in country music." But some time after that, he reportedly went from his backstage perch to greet a fan, security tried to intervene, shoving ensued, and a guard supposedly tried to have him thrown out.
Justin Townes Earle, the acclaimed singer-songwriter who'd played earlier and was also hanging out backstage at the Mustang Stage, tweeted about what was apparently that same incident, without mentioning Kutcher. "Just got a badge pulled on me 'cause I was correcting (a) f***ed situation. Way to go boys! That's earning that paycheck... Boooo!"
Yoakam was one of a couple of Saturday's performers to pay homage to the recently late George Jones. He interrupted the upbeat "Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose" to say, "Gonna interrupt the show for a minute to do one for Mr. George Jones," and sang a plaintive version of Jones's lesser-known prison ballad, "Life to Go"--before segueing right back, incongruously but expertly, into the rousing coda of "Turn it On."
Things went perfectly on another Lady A cover, of "Back Where I Come From," which Kelley introduced as "one of my favorite Kenny Chesney songs." That came at the close of an acoustic mini-set, which gave the seven-months-pregnant Hillary Scott what must have been a welcome chance to sit on a stool for 10 minutes. "Let's do one more 'stripped' for 'em," Kelley said, "since a lot of 'em look extremely close to being stripped already. They're very scantily clad, I've noticed."
That might have been the understatement of the weekend, but wearing as little clothing as possible was not just a fashion statement but a survival tactic Saturday. The thermometer at the festival's location in Indio, California, hit 104 degrees, a record for Stagecoach (and was expected to hit the same mark for day three on Sunday). If there were altercations between stars and security, maybe some of that could be put down to craziness from the heat.
Marty Stuart was also a slave to fashion. Despite playing during the hottest part of the afternoon, Stuart didn't alter his usual classic garb. If you're wondering if Marty always wears a black neckerchief to go with his black suit, even when it's 104, the answer is yes.
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- Dierks Bentley
- Ashton Kutcher
- Dwight Yoakam
- Lady Antebellum
- George Jones