Brooks & Dunn, Lainey Wilson Returns to Stagecoach with Emotional Finale

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Brooks and Dunn, Chris Stapleton and Diploma closed 2023 Stage Coach Festival – and the 106 degree heat was worth it.

Early Sunday evening, Brooks & Dunn appeared on the Mane Stage, returning to the desert for the first time in 13 years. Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn played an hour-long set of 14 songs, including their biggest hits “Brand New Man”, “Boot Scootin’ Boogie”, “Neon Moon”, “My Maria” and “Red Dirt Road”. “To name a few.

At first, the duo had a bit of a technical problem singing “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone” when the music was cut off. The professionals did not pause, continuing until it was clear behind the scenes.

During most songs, especially “Neon Moon” and “Ain’t Nothin’ ‘Bout Her”, the crowd’s voices were so loud that they almost surpassed the singers themselves, and they couldn’t be more grateful. Brooks took a quick breather halfway through opening a Coors Light and thanked the audience for “paying the bills for the past 30 years.”

Overall, Stagecoach had very few special guests – but the “Yellowstone” actor lainey wilsonPlaying on his set earlier in the day for the final episode of “Cowgirls Don’t Cry,” which Brooks & Dunn recorded and performed live with Reba McEntire. Wilson’s cameo was a look you missed in a blink of an eye, but it still garnered rave reviews from the crowd.

Brooks & Dunn closed with “Only In America,” which featured military men and women of different arms for an emotional final issue as red, white, and blue streamers burst from the stage.

The main protagonist on Sunday night was Chris Stapleton, who had just stepped out of a short Hollywood Bowl performance the night before to celebrate Willie Nelson’s birthday. Stapleton played 90 minutes and took out his wife, Morgane, to join him for “Millionaire.”

Finally, Diplo officially closed the desert with a set on the Palomino stage and returned for the second year in a row.

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