If you’re a fan of country music, there’s a good chance you’re spending April 25, 26, and 27 at the Stagecoach festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. But with so many different acts and such a wide variety of subgenres in country music these days, how do you know which artist is the perfect fit for you? You know you’re itchin’ to see a female act, but how do you know if she’s going to melt your heart or break it? Here’s a quick guide to five women you need to see, no matter what. These are the must-see female performers of this year’s Stagecoach festival.
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Simply put, you cannot go wrong with Shelby Lynne. She is the Grace Kelly of country music. Classic and peerless, Shelby’s warm tones and poignant delivery will move you in the most amazing ways. Any song that passes through her lips becomes hers. Shelby's finesse with melodies and respect for the soul of a song is without equal. She will deliver a performance that will brand you as her fan for the rest of your life.
You know Susanna Hoffs from the remarkable work she did with The Bangles. One of the reasons that band racked up all of those hits throughout the 80s was because of Hoffs’ crystalline pop vocals. It turns out that those vocal qualities weren’t just perfect for the short-lived, synth-driven, New Wave years; they were the same timeless traits that had been present in pop singers from the earliest days of contemporary music. Hoffs’ stirring rendition of classics like “Different Drum” is something you will not want to miss.
The Wailin’ Jennys
How about some sweet harmonies? The Wailin’ Jennys (Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse) might have started as a happy accident, but the way their angelic voices melt together is simply sublime. These women are so astounding that even singing a song about pants and sweaters will have you hanging on their every note! Saying these folk-roots vocalists will leave you in breathless awe is an understatement; they will bring rapture to your ears.
Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers
Nicki Bluhm has been described as a “striking front woman with a girl-next-door demeanor.” Her distinctive voice can resonate with a rich and robust twang as easily as it can captivate with a breathy, satin-smooth allure. This savory stunner is backed by an exquisite band that grooves with a seasoned in-the-pocket perfection. Nicki Bluhm is a rockin’ soulful country artist who consistently delivers a thoroughly satisfying show.
Watching and listening to Lera Lynn is a purely transcendent experience. There is something more to her music than what can be seen and heard. She taps into an intangible element and graciously hands it over to her audience, offering them a profound experience. Whether she is singing an original dusty road Americana tale or covering a tried and true classic, she is a definite bucket list artist. You cannot say that you have truly understood the power of music until you have seen Lera Lynn perform live.