Country Descending On Desert For Stagecoach Fest

The lineup is set for the inaugural Stagecoach festival, which, as previously reported, will be held May 5-6 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif., the site of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Fe

The lineup is set for the inaugural Stagecoach festival, which, as previously reported, will be held May 5-6 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif., the site of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival the prior weekend. The bill is headed by George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Sugarland, Lucinda Williams and Willie Nelson.

The new event will sport four performance stages: the main stage, an alt-country stage, a bluegrass stage and a "storytelling" area, the latter of which will feature appearances by "Prairie Home Companion" creator Garrison Keillor and Texas poet laureate Red Steagall. Tickets go on sale Jan. 20.

Fans will also be treated to country memorabilia, vintage cowboy gear, folk art and western heritage installations. Saddle making lessons, lasso and trail boss seminars and blacksmith demonstrations will enrich the experience.

Stagecoach was booked by Coachella producer Paul Tollett, Louis Messina of TMG/AEG Live and Steve Moore of AEG Live Nashville. "Kenny and George committed immediately and they love the idea," Messina told Billboard.com in November. "This is the first year, and I think this is something that's going to be around for a long time and grow into something really special. This is Paul's dream, and I'm just happy to lend a hand."

Here is the latest Stagecoach lineup:

May 5: George Strait, Alan Jackson, Sara Evans, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Neko Case, Robert Earl Keen, Richie Furay, Chris Hillman and Herb Pederson, David Serby, Earl Scruggs, Nickel Creek, Yonder Mountain String Band, the Grascals, the John Cowan Band, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Riders In The Sky, Red Steagall, Waddie Mitchell, Sons Of The San Joaquin, Cowboy Nation.

May 6: Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Sugarland, Gary Allan, Pat Green, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Raul Malo, Junior Brown, Drive-By Truckers, Alejandro Escovedo, Railbenders, Ricky Skaggs, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Marty Stuart, the Del McCoury Band, Abigail Washburn with the Sparrow Quartet featuring Ben Sollee, Sasey Driessen and Bela Fleck, the Flatlanders (Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, Butch Hancock), Garrison Keillor, Baxter Black, Cowboy Celtic, Don Edwards, Katy Moffat.