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Stagecoach reminds us that musical gold is still out there for those who seek it

Stagecoach reminds us that musical gold is still out there for those who seek it

Listen for any length of time to mainstream country radio and it's easy to conclude that the genre has become a one-dimensional realm of singers with little on their minds but when the next party starts.

"Country music is all about good times," proclaimed a deejay at one Southland radio station over the weekend in touting the annual Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio.

The restorative aspect, therefore, of a gathering as smartly curated as Stagecoach is that it serves as a reminder of the breadth and depth of topics still being explored with intelligence, sincerity and insight beyond the radio airwaves, from the deepest yearnings for love to the anguish of the...

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