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Stagecoach 2015: Rolling Stone Country’s Best Behind-the-Scenes Photos

See Kacey Musgraves, Tim McGraw and Dierks Bentley before they hit the Cali desert stage

Stagecoach 2015 photos

Kacey Musgraves poses backstage at Stagecoach in Indio, California.

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This past weekend, Coachella's country cousin the Stagecoach Music Festival set up its massive stages at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, for three days of country and Americana music. Against a desert landscape, with mountains rising in the distance, nightly headliners Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton performed for a sprawling crowd on the main stage, as rising artists like Chris Janson, Brothers Osborne and Nikki Lane got face time with fans on the festival's secondary platforms. Rolling Stone Country captured many of the artists backstage — from Dierks Bentley to Sturgill Simpson — for this exclusive behind-the-scenes gallery.

All photos by Joseph Llanes.

Frankie Ballard

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Frankie Ballard

The "Young and Crazy" singer-guitarist, who recently celebrated his Number One single "Sunshine & Whiskey," is the epitome of suave backstage at Stagecoach. 

Lindi Ortega

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Lindi Ortega

One day after announcing the summertime release of her fourth album, Faded Gloryville, Lindi Ortega gears up for an afternoon performance on Friday afternoon. 

Steve Earle

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Steve Earle

Touring in support of this year's Terraplane, Steve Earle stares down the camera during a quiet moment in his backstage trailer. 

Chris Carmack

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Chris Carmack

Chris Carmack, whose Nashville co-stars Charles Esten and Clare Bowen also performed at Stagecoach, poses backstage against the palm trees. 

The Cadillac Three

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The Cadillac Three

The Cadillac Three's Neil Mason, Jaren Johnston and Kelby Ray spend some time with their trailer's wood paneling before performing new single "White Lightning" during their daytime set on Saturday. 

Chris Janson

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Chris Janson

"Buy Me a Boat" singer Chris Janson, who recently signed a major label deal with Warner Music Nashville, is as cool as ice backstage.

Justin Moore

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Justin Moore

Justin Moore, sporting a retro Bad Company T-shirt, recently recorded a version of Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" for a Cabela's campaign. 

Caitlin Rose

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Caitlin Rose

Nashville singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose poses with the boys — including an incognito Andrew Combs — before hitting the Mustang stage on Saturday afternoon. 

Kip Moore and Sturgill Simpson

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Kip Moore and Sturgill Simpson

Kip Moore and Sturgill Simpson possibly debate the merits of sleeves before Simpson's Friday performance on the Palomino Stage. 

Logan Mize

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Logan Mize

Hard-touring new artist Logan Mize, currently working his party single "Can't Get Away From a Good Time," is contemplative backstage.

Parmalee

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Parmalee

Playing between the Brothers Osborne and Kacey Musgraves, Parmalee enjoy the benefits of being middlemen during a Friday afternoon lineup. 

Kacey Musgraves

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Kacey Musgraves

The "Biscuits" singer, who just completed work on her second album, strikes a patriotic pose outside her Stagecoach trailer.