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Sam Hunt Surprises with Snoop Dogg at Stagecoach

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Sam Hunt is anything but a traditional country artist, and he proved that once again on Friday night during his Mane Stage set at the Stagecoach festival in Indio, Calif.

Borrowing a page right out of Coachella, Hunt paraded out three special celebrity guests during a set that showcased his R&B, pop and country leanings.

A laid-back boy from Georgia, Hunt may have kept it athletic casual with his wardrobe — sporting light denim jeans, an off-white T-shirt and baseball cap — but his set was anything but. He kicked off the energetic performance with “Leave the Night On,” and then rolled through “Ex To See,” “Single for the Summer” and the song that made him a household name, “Take Your Time.” Hunt soaked up the festival spotlight during his hit single, jumping off the stage and into the crowd to get up-close-and-personal with his fans.

Hunt then thanked the audience for arriving early to watch his set, and also shared that he had wanted to play Stagecoach ever since first learning about the festival years ago. However, he wanted to do something big to “shake this up.”

Well, he delivered.

Hip-hop artist G-Eazy took the stage with Bebe Rexha to perform their chart-topping song “Me, Myself and I,” while Hunt watched from the audience below.

But Hunt still had another trick up his sleeve, as he returned to the stage only to immediately introduce Snoop Dogg who rapped his verse from “The Next Episode” followed by “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” while the riotous crowd rapped along.

After, Hunt came back to perform “House Party” with the help of his guests, followed by a celebrity group selfie that included the audience.

For his encore moment, Hunt then let loose with Montevallo single “Break Up In A Small Town.”

Despite ongoing speculation that Hunt will eventually move on from country music, he still seems perfectly happy with his “current relationship.”

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Emmylou Harris Brings Storytelling and Sweet Harmonies to Stagecoach

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Sweetest harmonies of the first day of the 2016 Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California?

We’re going to have to bestow that to the magnificent songstress Emmylou Harris and her bandmates, Pam Rose (guitar, vocals) and Mary Anne Kennedy (vocals, percussion, mandolin). Their voices blended magnificently in an early evening set on the Palomino stage, providing the perfect balm for a weary sunburnt crowd.

The set was highlighted by lovely songs such as “Sorrow in the Wind,” “Michelangelo,” “In My Dreams” and “The Boxer,” but also by her storytelling between the songs.

By sharing that she had such a good childhood, she had to “make sad shit up,” or that she wrote a song for her kids because even when they are grown, “you still worry,” it somehow made the jam-packed tent seem more like an intimate living room performance.

Early on, Harris recollected her 1985 concept The Ballad of Sally Rose, using the story as a way to thank her fans for the mega support.

“That album almost bankrupted me but I’m still here folks – because of you,” she stated. “You don’t care if we are on the radio or not. You are still gonna come see us.”

Harris’ contributions to folk and Americana music are legendary, but she spent a good portion of her set signing the praises of others. Like when she introduced a cover of “Spanish Dancer” by Patty Sciala off album Rumble Doll.  Harris noted that perhaps Sciala is somewhat overshadowed by husband Bruce Springsteen, but that she’s actually an incredible songwriter who deserves more recognition.

Or when she left the stage and invited Kennedy and Rose, who also comprise country duo Kennedy Rose, to take over and perform their own track “Love Like This.”

“This song was alt when alt wasn’t cool,” said Rose.

Although hampered by a few technical difficulties, Harris and team powered on like the road stalwarts they are, providing a perfect wind-down to the first day of Stagecoach festivities.

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‘Guitar Player’ Spotlights the Streamliner Collection

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In its April issue, Guitar Player magazine highlighted the Gretsch Streamliner Collection as part of its “Hottest Gear Debuts at NAMM.”

“For those who adore the Gretsch mystique but can’t afford the main guitar line’s ‘Harley Davidson’ pricing, the inexpensive Gretsch Electromatic Series has long been their savior,” notes the mag. “Now, however, the guitar maker has introduced another affordable line—the Streamliner Collection—that proudly puts just the name “Gretsch” on the headstock and pickguard. Love it! The Streamliners offer a new pickup—the Broad’Tron humbuckers—and come in Center Block, Center Block Jr., and Hollow Body models (one of my faves is the G2420T in Flagstaff Sunset with Bigsby.)”

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View Lord Huron’s Coachella Performance

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L.A. indie rock band Lord Huron offered those out on the lawn a breezy set to enjoy during their late-afternoon Friday slot at back to back weekends of Coachella.

And the festival has also made a glimpse of their set available for everyone by sharing a clip of “Way Out There” off 2015′s Strange Trails.

Check it out below.

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See Brandi Carlile Perfom on ‘Seth Meyer’

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Earlier this month, Brandi Carlile was scheduled to play New York’s Madison Square Gardens, but first she took her incredible vocal chops by Late Night With Seth Meyers where she performed the throttling “Mainstream Kid” off 2015′s The Firewatcher’s Daughter as well as her unforgettable single, “The Story.”

Not to be biased, but those of us at Gretsch particularly love on the latter, when midway thru, Carlisle exchanges her acoustic for her orange Gretsch Chet Atkins guitar, marking a dramatic and impactful shift in the song’s tempo.

Watch both clips below …

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