The Day 1 weather forecast at Stagecoach was what you'd expect during late spring in the desert - hot with temperatures close to 100 degrees. We started the day in the (thankfully) air conditioned trailer speaking with Joshua Hedley about his rising career, including his touring history with Johnny Fritz and Justin Townes Earle.
Then came a rush to see the end of Jade Bird's set on the Spotlight Stage as she performed her single "Lottery" and some killer covers like Johnny Cash's "I've Been Everywhere".
With a little time to kill before Joshua Headley's set at the Palomino Stage and Jade Bird's visit to the 88.5 FM Stagecoach headquarters, a trip to the top of the Spectra was in order. The tall, rainbow colored tower, still intact after two weekends of Coachella, offered spectacular views of the grounds.
The Palomino Stage, known for housing more of the rising stars and influential legends, brought on Hedley, now dressed in his trademark suit, to sing his more tradition form of country music. Of course, now wearing a coat instead of the simple t-shirt he had on earlier in the day, he had to mention how hot it was before launching into his second song.
The end of his set had to be left behind for an incredible visit with Jade Bird. Originally from the UK, she is a musicologist in love with the roots music from the US.
With that, the 88.5 FM team took the rest of the day easy to prepare for a busy Saturday with Kacey Musgraves and Jade Jackson interviews plus sets from Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and Brandy Clark on the Stagecoach schedule.