By Jonathan Cohen
Wednesday, January 10, 2007; 2:05 PM
NEW YORK (Billboard) - George Strait and Kenny Chesney will headline the inaugural Stagecoach festival, which will be held May 5-6 in Indio, Calif.
Other performers include Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Sugarland, Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson and Ramblin' Jack Elliott.
The event will take place at Empire Polo Field, the site of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival -- a popular destination for rock acts -- the prior weekend. Tickets go on sale January 20.
The festival will sport four stages: the main stage, an alt-country stage, a bluegrass stage and a "storytelling" area, the latter of which will feature appearances by "Prairie Home Companion" creator Garrison Keillor and Texas poet laureate Red Steagall. Fans will also be treated to displays of country memorabilia, vintage cowboy gear, folk art and western heritage installations. Saddle making lessons, lasso and trail boss seminars and blacksmith demonstrations will also be offered.
Here is the latest Stagecoach lineup:
May 5: George Strait, Alan Jackson, Sara Evans, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Neko Case, Robert Earl Keen, Richie Furay, Chris Hillman and Herb Pederson, David Serby, Earl Scruggs, Nickel Creek, Yonder Mountain String Band, the Grascals, the John Cowan Band, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Riders In The Sky, Red Steagall, Waddie Mitchell, Sons Of The San Joaquin, Cowboy Nation.
May 6: Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Sugarland, Gary Allan, Pat Green, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Raul Malo, Junior Brown, Drive-By Truckers, Alejandro Escovedo, Railbenders, Ricky Skaggs, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Marty Stuart, the Del McCoury Band, Abigail Washburn with the Sparrow Quartet featuring Ben Sollee, Sasey Driessen and Bela Fleck, the Flatlanders (Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, Butch Hancock), Garrison Keillor, Baxter Black, Cowboy Celtic, Don Edwards, Katy Moffat.