Stagecoach 2019: Sam Hunt Brings the Hits, Cam Inspires and More Day 2 Highlights
The second day of the 2019 Stagecoach Festival belonged to the ladies with standout sets by Cam, Rachel Wammack and Aubrie Sellers. The lineup featured a slate of strong female voices on Saturday (April 27), with additional performances by Jessie James Decker, Rita Wilson, Dawn Landes, Honey County and Ansley Oakley. While temperatures remained in the low 100s, that didn’t deter country fans from sweating it out for some of their favorite acts.
Here’s the rundown of timestamped Day Two highlights in the desert at Stagecoach 2019.
2:04 p.m. Rachel Wammack made her Stagecoach debut on the SiriusXM stage, where she showcased her vocal power and songwriting chops. Alongside spirited covers of Brothers Osborne’s “It Ain’t My Fault” and Eric Church’s “Springsteen,” Wammack performed several originals including the triumphant “Hard to Believe” and sentimental “Enough.” It was on “What He Does,” the first song she wrote about her fiancé, that her clever songwriting was highlighted best where she sang, “He calls me beautiful / He calls me baby / He calls me just because.”
2:37 p.m. One of the most diverse lineups of the day, the Palomino tent hosted an early afternoon set by country-soul singer Aubrie Sellers. The singer-songwriter performed several tracks off her major label debut New City Blues, including the standout rock-fueled “Just to Be with You” as well as newer material. With plenty of guitar fuzz and mesmerizing vocals, Sellers delivered one of the most musically compelling sets of the day.
3:35 p.m. Travis Denning made the most of his 25-minute set on the SiriusXM stage. With a commanding presence that hints at his future star power, the Georgia native impressed with memorable tracks “After a Few,” the patriotic “Red, White and Blue” and debut single “David Ashley Parker from Powder Springs.” The heat didn’t stop country fans from sticking around for the entirety of his set either. “Y’all, it’s hot as shit out here but you’re all rocking and rolling and that’s what I signed up for,” he declared.
4:12 p.m. The Wild Feathers treated their final song in the Palomino tent as if they were headlining the Mane Stage. As the band performed seven-minute closer “The Ceiling” to a packed audience, they visibly left it all out there. Their high-energy performance included one guitarist spinning in circles as he shredded on the anthemic set closer while each band member assisted on lead vocals.
5:05 p.m. Honey County teamed up with over 150 dancers at the Honkytonk Dance Hall to perform a spirited rendition of their song “Country Strong.” Throughout the first two days of the festival, country fans could learn the song and dance at the dance hall and then take part in the Saturday evening performance. Dancers included survivors from the Route 91 and Borderline shootings, and a portion of the proceeds from the song will go to ACM Lifting Lives. A heartfelt moment as festivalgoers joined in, Honey County’s inspiring lyrics ("Everything’s gonna be all right / Get back up") struck a chord in the face of tragedy.
7:25 p.m. Playing for nearly an hour, Cam held the Stagecoach crowd in the palm of her hand for her inspiring set that included new songs, stories of female empowerment and plenty of laughs. While she played fan favorites “Diane,” “Burning House,” “Mayday” and “Runaway Train,” she also performed several new songs, including “Forgetting You When I’m Alone,” her new collaboration with Diplo “So Long,” and a countrified version of Miley Cyrus’ “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart.”
Ahead of performing her debut single “My Mistake,” she recalled the New York Times calling the song “sex-positive.” “I’m very proud of that,” she told the crowd. “So funny, when women sing about sex it gets labeled like a statement. When men sing about it, it’s like a normal Friday night. If you think sex isn’t as important to women as it is about men, then I got a story about your mama.”
Later, while prefacing a new song, the California native discussed the genre’s strong female artists. “Country music is filled with strong women. This is where Loretta [Lynn] gets to sing about the pill, where Kacey [Musgraves] gets to sing about smoking weed. I grew up around strong, honest women and that means a lot to me,” she said. “For example, when my grandmother decided to tell me about sex she said, ‘Camaron Marvel, sex is like a milkshake. Once you have it, you’re always going to want it.’ I’ll tell you what: we need that kind of honesty.”
8:14 p.m. Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd closed out performances on the Palomino stage with a riveting set that had the crowd hanging on every word. The packed audience flowed outside of the tent as the legendary band played hit after hit including “Simple Man” and “Gimme Three Steps.” Set closer “Sweet Home Alabama” had the crowd singing louder than the band, and with back-up singers that gave the vibe of a gospel choir, Skynyrd more than delivered.
8:50 p.m. A lot has changed since Luke Combs played Stagecoach last year, and the singer reflected on his career milestones throughout the majority of his set. While he prefaced his most recent chart topper “Beautiful Crazy,” the singer took a moment to list several achievements before admitting that the most important thing that happened in the past year was getting engaged, explaining that his most recent hit served as the cornerstone of his relationship.
His hit-filled set had the singer telling anecdotes about his career, including being told “nobody is ever going to pay money to come and watch you play these songs that you’ve written.” With five No. 1 singles under his belt and a major support slot at the festival playing for more than 80,000 people, Combs proved his naysayers wrong.
10:20 p.m. Sam Hunt electrified during his 90-minute headlining set. Kicking things off with a one-two punch of “Leave the Night On” and “House Party,” the singer’s performance never wavered as he told the stories behind his songs and his early struggles as an artist. While trying to get his career off the ground, Hunt saw success as a songwriter when Billy Currington recorded “We Are Tonight.” He’d later perform “I Met a Girl,” another song of his recorded by William Michael Morgan, as well as a spirited Brooks & Dunn cover of “Better Man” with Combs.
“For the most part, my songs are just simple stories set to the background of simple music. Some of them are mostly made up with a little bit of truth,” he admitted, before confessing that everything that happened in “Cop Car” was completely true.
While Hunt hasn’t released new music since last year’s “Downtown’s Dead,” he jokingly blamed the reasoning to Luke Bryan inviting him out on tour.
“I haven’t put out a whole lot of music in the last couple months, but I want to thank y’all for being patient,” he added. Closing his set with the anthemic 34-week No. 1 hit “Body Like a Back Road,” from the way the crowd responded you'd never know it wasn't Hunt's latest single.