Every year, we anxiously await to hear the lineup for the west coast’s biggest party of the year, Stagecoach. While 2017’s star-studded lineup has already been announced, it’s never too early to start thinking about 2018. Here are some artists that we would love to see join the party next year in the Coachella Valley:
10. Brandy Clark
Brandy Clark is a songwriting genius who has written ballads for previous Stagecoach artists such as Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Darius Rucker and many more. Now, it’s her turn to take the stage. The Morton, Washington native first cracked the charts in 2016 with “Girl Next Door” and should see even more success going into the new year with her newest single, “Love Can Go To Hell.”
9. Michael Ray
Although his music might not be as big as his biceps just yet, Michael Ray is well on his way to becoming a household name. He already has a #1 hit under his belt with, “Kiss You In the Morning,” a song that would certainly have concertgoers smooching all morning, afternoon and night. He’s also been known to perform some pretty great covers ranging from Johnny Cash to Backstreet Boys.
8. Lauren Alaina
What’s not to love about Lauren Alaina? If you follow her on social media, you know that she’s sweet, funny and has a passion for taking selfies. Oh, and not to mention, the girl can sing. Guys would love to get in line to be her “Next Boyfriend” and her current single, “Road Less Traveled,” is the ultimate girl power song. The former American Idol runner up would be the star of the show and a total crowd pleaser.
7. Brooks & Dunn
Today’s artists LOVE to cover Brooks & Dunn hits, but why not bring out the real deal for 2018? For the past two decades, they’ve been one of the best-selling country duos and were part of the backbone of 90’s country. Earlier this year, they were back together to help perform “Forever Country” and honestly, who wouldn’t a dose of nostalgia like that at the biggest country music festival of the year?
6. Darius Rucker
Darius Rucker is the one guy that can bridge the gap at Stagecoach by bringing the old(er) generation and millennials together for a rockin’ good time. For those of us over 30 who still refer to him as “Hootie,” he’ll give you the songs you want to hear like, “Hold My Hand” and “Only Wanna Be with You.” For those of us under 30, you can sing along to, “This,” “Wagon Wheel” and “Homegrown Honey.” Everybody wins.
5. Alan Jackson
You can’t expect to have a country music festival without the most famous mustache in country music. Alan Jackson is the taste of old school country that Stagecoach needs year in and year out and was another artist that helped make 90’s country unforgettable. Jackson would be a perfect fit to sing under the stars in the Coachella Valley.
4. Kelsea Ballerini
Nobody would shine brighter at Stagecoach 2018 than country/pop sweetheart Kelsea Ballerini. The 23-year old Georgia native had her first three singles hit #1 and her latest ballad, “Yeah Boy,” is a fun and flirty tune that is well on it’s way to the top of the charts. Ballerini is also quite the fashionista, so it would be a fun surprise to see what she pulls out of her closet for her big Southern California performance.
3. Keith Urban
After wrapping up his worldwide Ripcord tour last month, Keith Urban would be well rested to put on a spectacular performance as one of the headliners at Stagecoach 2018. Not only does Urban bring his mastery of guitar, but he can entertain you with a handful of different genres from country to rock to blues. Whether he’s tearing it up to “Where the Blacktop Ends” or soulfully belting out “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Urban is a master.
2. Taylor Swift
You’re probably thinking something along the lines of “No way! She’s not country!” Well at one point she was and she was pretty good at it. If Taylor Swift were to make a comeback at Stagecoach, it would potentially be one of the biggest and most memorable performances the festival has ever seen. Her songwriting has recently found it’s way back to the country side with, “Better Man” sang by Little Big Town. Who’s to say her vocals won’t be next?
1. Garth Brooks
It’s the one we’ve all been waiting for! After hearing the news that Shania Twain would be co-headlining this year’s lineup, why not continue the trend of having country’s most prestigious artists preform at Stagecoach and throw in the one and only, Garth Brooks. The Country Music Hall of Famer has been making a gigantic comeback recently with his world tour, featuring wife Trisha Yearwood, and new music including his new album, Gunslinger. His comeback could roll into 2018 and concertgoers would welcome him with open arms.