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Stagecoach 2017 gets underway with the Blasters, Justin Townes Earle, Bailey Bryan and Cactus Blossoms

Stagecoach 2017 gets underway with the Blasters, Justin Townes Earle, Bailey Bryan and Cactus Blossoms

A key question surfaces with the dawn of each new edition of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio: Just what is country music these days? As this year’s installment got underway Friday at the Empire Polo Field just a week after its bigger, older sibling Coachella, a variety of potential answers sprouted up in the early going.

Is country the pop-leaning ear candy of a newcomer such as Sequim, Wash., singer-songwriter Bailey Bryan, who had the honor and challenge of being the first act to set foot on the festival’s gargantuan Mane Stage as the sun blazed overhead and a trickle of festival-goers staked out their homesteads with blankets and picnic chairs across the vast...

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