Stagecoach 2017 announces headliners


Shania Twain, Dierks Bentley and Kenny Chesney will top the bill at next year’s Stagecoach country music festival, joining a diverse lineup that will likely attract broader crowds.

The bill pairs two pop-friendly male acts with a relative rarity at Stagecoach: a ‘90s-veteran female artist at the very top of the roster.

Twain has reportedly been working on a new album, which would be her fifth release and first studio LP since 2002’s “Up!”

Twain returned to touring last year and despite her long absence from recording still sports many of modern country’s most recognizable singles, including “You’re Still the One” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman.”

Farther down the Stagecoach lineup the acts are a mix of contemporary chart staples (Cole Swindell, Thomas Rhett, Brett Eldredge), rising acts with Nashville-outsider vantage points (Margo Price, Jon Pardi, Anderson East and Maren Morris) and classic acts (Willie Nelson, Travis Tritt).

There’s also a fair share of veteran, cross-genre acts, including Cyndi Lauper, Los Lobos, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tommy James and the Shondells and the Zombies, whose appeal to rock and vintage pop crowds may make for a more adventurous bill than usual. An early-day Kiefer Sutherland set on Sunday will likely be a must-see curiosity as well.

The festival takes place April 28-30 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. Given recent events, it will be an interesting focal point between California’s liberal festival culture and a newly energized, relatively conservative country scene. The full lineup is here.

August Brown is a writer for the Los Angeles Times.