Perhaps the most popular country quartet finally made it to the Stagecoach Festival on Sunday.
The Oak Ridge Boys made their Stagecoach debut on the Palomino stage, closing out the second stage's sets for the weekend.
As soon as people heard the vocal group's intro "The Boys Are Back," they started running to the tent, which wasn't filled to Merle Haggard-like proportions, but was probably only second to Haggard, who closed out the stage on Saturday night.
"It's an honor to be a part of the great Stagecoach Festival," Joe Bonsall said. "We've played every festival there is to play for decades."
Props to them for also knowing we're in Indio and not Palm Springs.
The country and gospel vocal group was backed by a full band and promised to pepper in only a few new songs among the classics.
There was nothing flashy and glitzy about the set, it just reiterated that the group achieved its accolades on the talent and blend of the voices of Bonsall, William Lee Golden, Duane Allen and Richard Sterban.
And boy did the crowd love it.
The biggest roar early in the set was for "American Made," which I think only foreshadows what's to come later in the evening with headliner Toby Keith.
About 40 minutes into the group's hour long set, the crowd thinned, presumably to take their places for the final Brooks & Dunn Stagecoach appearance.
"Heaven's a Small Town," "Beautiful Bluebird," "You're the One," "Trying to Love Two Women," "Love Song," "Everyday," "Dig a Little Deeper in the Well."
Another favorite was a cover of John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom," which showcased the vocal talents of Sterban.
I have to run out to get in position for Brooks & Dunn's set, but I don't want to leave before "Elvira."