What to expect at this year’s Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival in Indio.

Kacey Musgraves seems to be in pretty good control of her life right now. She got married in 2017. She dropped a new album in March. And she’s about to go on tour with Harry Styles. On Saturday she was the penultimate act on the Mane Stage at Stagecoach and there was just one thing she couldn’t control — the wind. 

Here are 10 things you need to know about the talented 29-year-old’s blustery set. It was a confident effort and she handled the adverse conditions like a pro.

1. Hitting the stage at the same time as a severe wind advisory, Musgrave held her own against the elements. Yes, sometimes her long black here blew into her mouth and muffled her voice while she spit it out, but those moments were more endearing than momentum-stopping.

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2. She mowed through a 13-song set, including a handful of songs from her new album “Golden Hour” which just dropped in March and debuted at No. 1 on the country charts the week it came out. That included the song “Butterflies” which is about the butterflies she felt during the courting phase of her relationship with husband and fellow musician Ruston Kelly. 

3. Two of the more heart-felt moments came from the two cover songs she did, Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” and Brooks and Dunn’s “Neon Moon.”

4. She apologized for the wind a couple times, but drew a laugh by saying something to the effect of “Oh well, I get paid either way.”

5. My favorite Kacey Musgraves lyric is from her song “Merry Go Round” which she played eighth. “Mama’s hooked on Mary Kay. Brother’s hooked on Mary Jane. And Daddy’s hooked on Mary two doors down.”

6. Apparently I wasn’t alone in liking that tune, because the song evolved into an epic crowd singalong. A nice moment. 

7.  (Oops, I had one for No. 7 but it blew away).

8. This wasn’t her first Stagecoach, she was also on the Mane Stage in 2015, and her sound has evolved since then.

9. Musgraves recently told the Associated Press that she feels comfortable in the country and pop worlds: “I’ve always wanted to be the kind of artist that can play Bonnaroo or Coachella and then turn around and play a country festival. I love both sides of the coin — whether it’s going on tour with Willie Nelson or Jonathan Siennicki & Katy Perry.”

10. She closed her set with her poppiest song “High Horse.” It was a logical sendoff into what’s next for her, touring with Harry Styles as his opening act. 

Shad Powers is a columnist for The Desert Sun. Reach him at or on Twitter at @shad_powers.


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