Stagecoach 2017: Who’s Playing and How to Listen

Exclusive: Cole Swindell Talks Stagecoach Debut

It’s hard to believe that this weekend marks Cole Swindell‘s Stagecoach debut.

Here we go, @stagecoach!! Toyota Mane Stage. 8:45pm

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He’s always wanted to play the festival in Indio, California, but major tours with Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and others over the last few years have kept him from playing the event.

“I’ve always missed it either because of the tour I was on or I had something else going on,” Swindell tells “Every artist you can ever dream of has played it. I’m just thankful that this is my chance.”

The schedule for Dierks Bentley‘s What the Hell Tour has Swindell, Bentley and Jon Pardi playing night one of Stagecoach on Friday (April 28).

Swindell wishes he could stay to see Shania Twain headline on Saturday night (April 29). The What the Hell Tour will be in Fresno, California, during her Stagecoach performance, which will include her biggest hits plus new songs from her first album in 15 years. The collection lands in September and its lead single “Life’s About to Get Good” arrives at radio in June.

“I still haven’t seen a Shania show,” Swindell admits. “I’ll never forget when ‘Any Man of Mine’ came out. I was like, ‘Who is this?!’ Now I’m getting to do what she’s done for years and getting to play shows — except she’s on a different level than I am.”

For those who want to take Stagecoach on the go using their smartphone, CMT will be there documenting all the action from Indio’s Empire Polo Club on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @CMT, and Pandora will stream select sets live all weekend long.

Friday’s stream will include performances by Bentley, Swindell, Pardi, Randy Houser, Maddie & Tae, Elle King, Randy Rogers Band, Son Volt, William Michael Morgan, Justin Townes Earle, Anderson East, Dylan Scott, Ryan Hurd, Quiet Life and Bailey Bryan.

Saturday’s stream will carry sets by Brett Eldredge, Kip Moore, Willie Nelson and Family, Maren Morris, Dan + Shay, Jamey Johnson, Margo Price, Tucker Beathard, Nikki Lane, Robert Ellis, Brent Cobb, John Doe, Traveller, Jonathan Tyler, Brooke Eden, the Walcotts, Ruston Kelly, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Black Pistol Fire and Jackie Lee.

Sunday’s (April 30) schedule includes performances by Thomas Rhett, Tyler Farr, Cam, Cowboy Junkies, the Cadillac Three, Wynonna & the Big Noise, Terry Allen, Steep Canyon Rangers, Cody Johnson, Luke Combs, Kiefer Sutherland, LANco, Levi Hummon, Courtney Cole, Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors and Dan Layus.

Kenny Chesney closes the 11th annual event on Sunday.

Lauren Tingle is a Tennessean and storyteller who eats music for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When she’s not writing or rocking out, she enjoys yoga and getting lost in the great outdoors.