Stagecoach 2013: Trio of young stars Shiflett, Earle and Kramer entertain early Saturday
INDIO – Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants, Justin Townes Earle and Jana Kramer all showcased what placed them on the bill for the Stagecoach country music festival on Saturday afternoon.Shiflett, guitarist for the rock superstars Foo Fighters, performed first on the Palomino Stage to a sparse but a passionate crowd. While he performed no songs from his more famous band, he drew in the crowd at his stage with precise playing on “Good Time Charlie,” “The Fugitive” and a George Jones cover of “You’re Still On My Mind.”
“We’re going to play this one for him. In memory of ‘The Possum,'” said Shiflett, referencing Jones’ nickname. Audience members also asked him to perform Foo Fighters material but he declined and just said to see him for a “Q and A,” or question and answer session, afterward.
Earle, son of alt country artist Steve Earle, drew frequent cheers for his Americana and folk sound on songs like “Mama’s Cheers,” “One More Night In Brooklyn” and “Ain’t Waitin.”
At the conclusion of the “Brooklyn” song, Earle candidly said “I don’t listen to my own records so I don’t know how that one ends. So I threw a blues lick on the end. And sometimes I can’t read my own set list.” He also warned people against jumping into the Harlem River before performing “Harlem River Blues” because “I’d hate it if you died from some strange bug.”
Kramer, best known for her role as Alex Dupre on the television teen drama series “One Tree Hill” that concluded last year,gave a surprisingly energetic and well rounded set full of covers and original music.
She started her set with “King Of Apology” and kept things rolling in the 100 degree heat with “Good Time Coming On” and “One of the Boys” before performing verses from Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin'” and Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.”
Between songs, she would tell the crowd to “let me hear you” and “put those hands together” and the mane stage audience more than happily responded.