I’m going home, gonna load my shotgun… literally. One of the hardest things about being a new artist (or even a lowly internet blogger like myself) is trying to connect with fans. Maybe you’re building something special, maybe your songs are really connecting with fans, and maybe they’re not, but either way, it can be difficult to gauge the kind of impact you’re having.
Well, unless a fan straight up tells you that one of your songs inspired her to shoot somebody.
At Country Radio Seminar in Nashville a few years back, Miranda Lambert detailed one of the craziest meet-and-greet encounters she’s ever had… and I suppose probably will ever have. According to People Country, a fan, who was being physically abused by her husband, was listening to “Gunpowder & Lead” when she worked up the nerve to actually shoot him.
She told Miranda all about it, and the conversation went a little something like this:
“This lady actually came up to me, and she said, ‘I got off because he was beating me, but ‘Gunpowder and Lead’ saved my life.’”
“I was like, ‘what?’”
“She goes, ‘I shot him. I shot his ass.’”
“I was, like, ‘That’s a lot! It’s just a meet-and-greet… it wasn’t meant to be taken literally.”
And for better or for worse, Miranda knew she was starting to connect with people.
And the rest is history.
Miranda Lambert To Headline 2024 Stagecoach Festival
This has got to be the best Stagecoach lineup yet.
The largest country music festival in the world is returning to the Coachella Valley once more this coming spring to celebrate its 16th year, and they have an absolutely STACKED group playing all weekend long.
Taking place in Indio, California on April 26th through 28th, 2024, country superstars Morgan Wallen , Eric Church, Miranda Lambertand will headline three separate evenings, which is an incredible billing in and of itself.
However, in addition to the headliners, the living legend himself Mr. Willie Nelson will take the stage to perform with his family band, as well as Jelly Roll, HARDY, Megan Moroney, Bailey Zimmerman, Leon Bridges, Dwight Yoakam, The Beach Boys, Elle King, Ben Burgess, Paul Cauthen, Luke Grimes, Ernest, Charles Wesley Godwin and many, many more.
Diplo will also return for his Late Night in Palomino sets, in addition to first-year participants Wiz Khalifa and Nickelback.
The part I’m most excited about, though, is the fact that Post Malone himself will be taking the stage to perform a special set of strictly country covers. And honestly, he’ll probably be the highlight of the weekend with that, so whether or not I’m there in person, I can’t wait to see videos of every single song.
Of headlining Stagecoach this year, Eric Church says:
“I can’t wait to get back to the desert to play Stagecoach in 2024. It’s going to be one hell of a party.”
Miranda Lambert also shared her excitement, saying:
“There is something so special about playing music when the sun goes down in the middle of the desert. The fans, the setup, the location— there really is no other festival like it.
My band and I have had the chance to experience the magic that is Stagecoach a few times now, and we can’t wait to be back in 2024!”
And Morgan, who will close out Sunday evening with a highly-anticipated set, says he’s “honored” to be one of the headliners:
“Stagecoach is such a legendary festival, and I am honored to be headlining the final night.
I have so many friends who never miss it and I know this will be a monumental weekend for all of us. Can’t wait to see everybody there.”
Passes go on sale starting this Friday, September 15th at 11 am PT.
Asleep at the Wheel
Charles Wesley Godwin
Josh Abbott Band
Maddie & Tae
Post Malone (performing a special set of country covers)
Shane Smith & The Saints
The Beach Boys
The War and Treaty
Trampled by Turtles
Vincent Neil Emerson
Willie Nelson & Family