Friday, April 29, 2011

David Serby and The Dirt Poor Folklore added to the Stagecoach Festival Lineup/Palomino Stage

The fifth annual critically acclaimed event--which features an impressive array of artists from the genres of mainstream country, bluegrass, folk, roots rock and alt-country--will again take place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA on Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st.  Los Angeles based group, David Serby & The Dirt Poor Folklore will start off the Palomino stage on Saturday, which will also guest Kris Kristofferson, Mel Tillis, Rodney Crowell, Lukas Nelson, Phosphorescent and the Secret Sisters on the same day. This is Serby's second time playing Stagecoach, he previously kicked off the event in 2007.  

David Serby and The Dirt Poor Folklore will be playing songs off of Serby's upcoming record Poor Man's Poem.  Serby's earlier records - I Just Don’t Go Home (2006), Another Sleepless Night (2007) and Honky Tonk And Vine (2009) – mined gritty California honky tonk vibe and attracted generous critical praise. (Ink 19 called Honky Tonk & Vine “some of the best country music you’ll hear this year.” )

After rooting his previous albums in 1960’s-style honky tonk, the current economic climate has found Serby shifting gears and exploring new musical territory in the political folk genre for Dead Man’s Poem.  “I wanted to do something that was a little more serious and relevant to the things I was thinking about,” Serby reveals. Interestingly, he looked to the past to write about how he feels today. The state of the Nation had Serby thinking about this country’s obsession with money and how people are struggling nowadays.  

Serby had imagined this project as a stripped-down acoustic effort, something like a cross between Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska and Dave Alvin’s Black Jack David. Although his collaboration with (Guitarist,Co- Producer) Ed Tree expanded the arrangements they've kept things straightforward.  The songs are first-person narratives, which lend themselves to an emotional resonance, rather than making them historical ballads. Adds Serby, “It was a honor to kick-off the inaugural Stagecoach back in 2007.  It’s an amazing event and I’m very excited to perform the songs off Poor Man’s Poem at this year’s festival.”

The Stagecoach 2011 line-up is as follows:  Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Kris Kristofferson, Josh Turner, Chris Young, Leon Russell, Easton Corbin, Jack Ingrim, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas Trio, Gatlin Brothers, Jack Ingram, Mel Tillis, Rodney Crowell, K.D. Lang & The Siss Boom Bang, Junior Brown, Rhonda Vincent, Secret Sisters, Steel Magnolia, Joanna Smith, Wanda Jackson, Stealing Angels, The Gourds, Rosie Flores, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Sara Watkins, The Cleverlys, Phosphorescent, The Punch Brothers and Truth & Salvage, Triple Chicken Foot, The Harters, The Coal Porters.

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