DESERT TWANG: When a concert festival's line-up is announced more than half a year in advance, you know it probably lands on the "world-famous" side of things. And Stagecoach indeed does; the Coachella Valley three-day-er has become one of country music's biggest gatherings, spotlighting both bands and artists sitting atop the current charts as well as those tunesmiths that held sway a decade, or several, back. And truly, that is one area in which the country music industry excels (among many): The revival of formerly major acts in huge venues such as Stagecoach isn't seen as a curiosity, or a minor retro-flavored whimsy, but an important piece of the larger puzzle. In short, country's more timeless than most genres, and the 2013 festival, which was just announced on Tuesday, Oct. 9, will again celebrate that fact.
WHO'S ON THE LINE-UP: Toby Keith and Hank Williams, Jr. will headline Friday, April 26, Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley are centerstage on Saturday, April 27, and Zac Brown Band plays Sunday, April 28. Darius Rucker -- woot! -- is on Sunday as well, we must mention. Other names in boldface? Jerry Lee Lewis, Charley Pride, Trace Adkins, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Dwight Yoakam round out the Coachella Valley festival (they'll appear on various days, so eye the schedule and all that). Tickets go on sale on Saturday, Oct. 20.