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MY STAGECOACH APPROACH AND PICKS

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CONTENTS

2019 Stagecoach Music Festival............ 3 Pampered Palate - The Vine Wine Bar.. 4 Stagecoach - Bret Michaels................... 5 Stagecoach - LANCO ............................... 7 Stagecoach - Scotty McCreery ............... 7 Stagecoach - Parker Millsap.................. 8 Stagecoach - Ruby Boots ...................... 9 Lisa Lynn Morgan................................. 10 Reborn By The Sunshine....................... 11 Consider This - Val McCallum.............. 12 Art Scene............................................... 13 Pet Place ............................................... 14 The Vino Voice ...................................... 15 Club Crawler Nightlife .................... 16-17 Good Grub - Juicy Juicy........................18 Brewtality.............................................. 19 Screeners .............................................. 20 Book Review.......................................... 21 Safety Tips ............................................. 21 Haddon Libby ....................................... 23 Dale Gribow.......................................... 23 Theatre - Real Women Have Curves... 24 Travel Tips 4 U....................................... 24 America at Fantasy Springs................. 25 Free Will Astrology............................... 27 Mind, Body & Spirit ............................. 27 Swag For The Soul................................ 28 Ask The Doctor ..................................... 28 Cannabis Corner - Bare Dispensary.... 30

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have a confession to make. Country and Americana music are my heart’s wheel house, but I haven’t tuned into contemporary country radio for a while now. I’ve been listening to Americana Radio on my iTunes or the Outlaw station on Sirius Radio. I’m not alone in my age bracket. The truth is, I’m getting older, and country music is skewing younger. I don’t drink and party these days or drive a truck, so I don’t find the apparent standard formula of new country relatable often times. I absolutely refuse to “Shake It” for Luke Bryan or anyone else for that matter (the exceptions being our local bands, Long Duk Dong, a killer 80s tribute band, and The Ghost Notes with their tip of the hat to the Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, and The Band). I’ll be the first to tell you that Nashville is putting out the best pop music in America, but short of a token banjo in the background and an artist leaning heavy on country slang and drawl, Twang Town hasn’t put out a whole lot of country music, at least in the way I have always defined it. Therefore, this year’s Stagecoach lineup is full of names I’ve never heard of. As an artist, I was raised with fierce loyalty to the “K.I.S.S.” music theory (Keep it Simple Stupid) when it came to production, and have always cherished the ideal of “three chords and the truth,” being the truest definition of country music, demanding clever songwriting skills. I love my outlaw country icons, Waylon, Willie and Merle and their kids. I love the way my friend Travis Meadows can pen tunes that etch their lyrics into my soul (“Riser” recorded by Dierks Bentley, “Better Boat” by Kenny Chesney, “What We Ain’t Got” recorded by Jake Owen, to name a few), and I hate that he isn’t on one of these stages. So when my publisher asked me to write a Stagecoach round up my personal picks, I have to admit

that I was at a loss for a country minute. I had a bit of a wakeup call recently. I was riding shotgun while being towed to a shop in Yucca Valley and the conversation with my 20 something driver turned to music. He shared that he didn’t like country music radio either. He preferred the classic stuff. I felt validated and said, “Me too! Nobody writes like Haggard, Willy or Waylon. He looked at me and said, “Uh, I don’t really know their stuff. My grandparents listen to that stuff. I’m more into Tim McGraw and George Straight and stuff like that.” I had the same sick feeling in my stomach that I got when I heard Pearl Jam listed as “classic rock.” I realized I was going to have to turn in my “I’m way more hip than your grandma” card or make a change in my perspective and attitude. I began listening to our local country stations. I found songs that

Ashley Monroe

Cody Johnson

Joe Diffie

Mark Chesnutt

Rita Wilson

Whiskey Myers

Copper Chief

Kane Brown

Nikki Lane

April 25 to May 1, 2019

BY LISA LYNN MORGAN

I loved among some that made me want to throw my radio out the window. Stagecoach may be the best festival at allowing someone to find new country music loves in a setting that is more intimate than the larger arenas. Frequenting the Palomino and Mustang stages can expose you to newer artists as well as some timeless icons you may never get another chance to see. The Sirius Stage is a great discovery location as well. I’m going to go with an open mind this year. I encourage my fellow 40 and 50 somethings to do the same. I’m going to take some time to learn more about these newer artists without prejudice. After all, they are all badasses in my book just for having the guts to turn their dreams into realities. And no one gets to one of these stages without working their ass off. continue to page 5

Honey Country

Sammy Kershaw

Whitey Morgan

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