One of the nice things about Stagecoach is that artists don't seem as rushed as they are at Coachella. Especially at the Mustang stage, people take a little more time to tell stories and relax.
Victoria Williams has kicked off the music at the festival on the stage this year and the Joshua Tree resident came in to some high praise from stage host Waddie Mitchell."
"We have a national treasure. We have a piece of Americana. There's nobody in our business, the music business, who doesn't think she's the cat's meow," he said.
"It's nice to be here," she called out to the crowd before starting.
She told stories about her songs, whether telling the inspiration behind them or even acting them out.
She introduced her opening number as a song she wrote for her sister's wedding but a couple of songs later she talked about another tune about how animals communicate with each other in the desert (complete with an impersonation of dogs having a heated discussion).
Williams is still her eclectic self, with an incredibly distinct voice.
The only bummer is that the mood in the tent is so soft and mellow, sometimes those who have imbibed too much already and are using the area as a shady shortcut to the port-a-potties will shout out inappropriate things and be so loud she's drowned out.