Stagecoach 2013: Dwight Yoakam and Rodney Atkins perform very different sets Saturday at festival
INDIO – Rodney Atkins and Dwight Yoakam had overlapping sets Saturday af the Stagecoach country music festival but their country musical styles are very different.Atkins had a more polished country production approach and also more current No. 1 singles such as 2007’s “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)” and 2011’s “Take a Back Road” which drew massive singalongs at the mane stage.
Yoakam’s uses a brand of country rock that has less gloss and more rock guitars that caused large bursts of dancing inside the Palomino Stage with songs like 1986’s “Guitars, Cadillacs” and “Honky Tonk Man” as well as a cover of “Ring of Fire.”
Atkins performed verses from cover songs from Waylon Jennings (“Good Ol’ Boys” or The Dukes of Hazzard Theme Song) and Willie Nelson (“On The Road Again.”)
On the mane stage, Atkins asked the audience to say “yee haw” after the song “About the South” and they happily complied.
Inside the Palomino Stage, Yoakam complained at one point that the sound “went from bad to worse. I’ll just go back to bad. It’s just nice to be out the house” but from a listener perspective, he sounded great.
The singer/songwriter also received cheers for the lines “I spent some time in San Bernardino, I spent some time in Coachella” during his song “Streets Of Bakersfield.”