Self proclaimed cowboy poet Baxter Black changed the feeling of the Mustang Stage at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday, taking the stage after Victoria Williams.
Like with John Waters last week at Coachella, Black is not a musician and was only armed with his wit and charm.
The best way to describe Black is a combination of Garrison Keillor and Andy Rooney with a cowboy hat.
He started his act by telling the crowd that he actually started his first job, a veterinarian technician, down the road in Thermal. He also said his first wife was from Riverside.
Black told a story about going out after work at a restaurant in Coachella called Ramons and how it's still there to this day 40 years later.
After the story an audience member kept shouting and wooing screaming "We love you!"
Black was very quick to respond with "Well, bring me a beer then!"
He continued on with his act unaware that the man was bringing a cup of beer to the stage. He accepted it and the crowd loved it.
Black told the crowd how he writes a column every week and he can't make up all the goofy and crazy stuff he writes about because he gets the topics from the people he talks to.
"There's a truth in humor that makes it funny," he said. "That's why there's no science fiction jokes."
The first few rows of the tent were captivated by Black and were hanging on every one of his words. It's just too bad that the back half of the tent only seemed to be there to escape the sun and sit in the shade.
- Timothy Guy