The horror on this poor woman’s face says it all. What could cause this reaction? Let’s look at some of the worst case scenarios in country music.
What Two Step Inn got right was that you can mix today’s independent country with country legends from the 80s and 90s, and even some of the cool up-and-comers in the mainstream, and have an event that breaks down barriers and cross-pollinates fans bases because it’s all great country music.
Al Torrence, Alana Springsteen, Ben Burgess, Blanco Brown, Cactus MOser, Calder Allen, Charles Wesley Godwin, Charlie Robison, Diplo, Doug Stone, Drake Milligan, Elvie Shane, John Michael Montgomery, Kaitlin Butts, Kathryn Legendre, Madeline Edwards, Midland, Nicolette Hayford, Pam Tillis, Paul Cauthen, Pillbox Patti, Priscilla Block, T Pain, Tanya Tucker, Tracy Byrd, Travis Tritt, Two Step Inn, Tyler Childers, Uncle Cracker, Wynonna Judd, Zach Bryan
I would be lying if I said that Sturgill Simpson’s first emergence out of supposed retirement wasn’t a little disappointing, since in comes in the form of a dance track with the pretty scuzzy country music carpetbagger Diplo. That’s not a commentary on the track itself called “Use Me (Brutal Hearts)”…
It’s so often embarrassing as a country music fan when some mainstream “country” (in quotations) performer gets presented on a national stage. The most recent example was Blanco Brown singing the National Anthem ahead of the NASCAR race on Sunday (3-19) at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
With Zach Bryan and Tyler Childers headlining Saturday and Sunday, and other names from the independent country world like Charles Wesley Godwin, Kaitlin Butts, Paul Cauthen, and Austin’s Kathryn Legendre playing, it speaks to the independent aspect the festival organizers want the festival to take on.
Blanco Brown, Charles Wesley Godwin, Charlie Robison, Diplo, Elvie Shane, John Michael Montgomery, Kaitlin Butts, Kathryn Legendre, Lonestar, Mavis Staples, Midland, Niko Moon, Pam Tillis, Paul Cauthen, Priscilla Block, T Pain, Tanya Tucker, Tracy Byrd, Travis Tritt, Two Step Inn, Tyler Childers, Wynonna Judd, Zach Bryan
Hip-hop artist Nelly has been accused by three separate women of rape and sexual assault, including by one woman who accused Nelly of rape while he was on a country music tour with Florida Georgia Line. Diplo has also faced accusations of rape, and grooming underage girls.
Diplo played the same role at the 2019 Stagecoach Festival, which was the last time the event was held, and right before a rash of women came out making numerous accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior against the DJ, resulting in restraining orders and criminal investigations.
Not to spend too much time on the country music washout that is Zac Brown in 2019, but just to wrap a bow around the weird situation surrounding his recent solo pop album called The Controversy, we finally have an explanation of why the surprise album was pulled from multiple outlets and retailers after its release on September 27th.
As the alternative to the bigger, two-weekend all-genre gathering called Coachella, The Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California every April is supposed to give country music its turn on the famous Empire Polo Club grounds so as not be shaded out by the massive names of the pop, EDM, and hip-hop world.