Best Preview of Another Fest: Sturgill Simpson
Not every artist can fit onto the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival roster and then return to the same site a week later at the annual Stagecoach, which is dedicated to country music. This year's crossover artist was Kentucky singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson, who ripped up the Gobi tent Sunday with songs of bad love and big dreams. His four-man band dove into the authentic country of "Railroad of Sin," as Simpson sang: "Looking back on my life now at some of the things I done/Makes me wanna hang my head in shame." The epic journey of "Sometimes Wine" ranged from high-speed plucking to dreamy slide guitar as Simpson sang of a romance that haunts him still: "Since you've been gone, this life's been more than I can stand/so sometimes whiskey and sometimes wine."