On his way into the Stagecoach grounds in Indio, where he was set to play Saturday afternoon, Dave Alvin recalled the last time he played the country/roots-focused event, in 2009 with the Knitters, L.A.'s rootsy offshoot of X and the Blasters.
"It was really hot," Alvin recalled. "We were on after the Poco reunion, which was so emotional. Seeing Richie Furay and Rusty Young, and they sang [Buffalo Springfield's] 'Kind Woman.'"
"And I thought, 'We have to follow that?'"
Poco's Furay wrote "Kind Woman" during his Buffalo Springfield tenure. Of Poco's performance in 2009, The Times wrote that the act's multi-part harmonies were delivered "precisely yet lovingly," which gave "Poco's performance a sweetly golden tone.'"
Alvin, just back from a two-week tour of England. was pulled aside prior to his afternoon set with the latest incarnation of his 'Guilty' band. Now known as 'the Guilty Ones,' following earlier editions the Guilty Men and the Guilty Women.
-- Randy Lewis
Image: Jenna Bonker, 11, rides high on her brother's shoulders, Ryan Bonker, 14, of Costa Mesa as they get a close-up view of Sara Evans performing on the first day of the three-day Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times