One of the most invigorating facets of Stagecoach is the left-field bookings to complement the big guns who bring the big crowds with their big hits.
Exhibit A on Sunday: L.A. indie-pop singer-songwriter Becky Stark. On her own and as a member of Lavender Diamond and the Living Sisters, Stark lives in a musical universe light years removed from the likes of this year's headliners Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum and Zac Brown Band.
Her short and intensely sweet set at the outset of Sunday's final day of country music in the desert found only tangential stylistic connections to what most fans here expect of their country music. But she did demurely announce, "I'm kind of a country girl, I guess."
Armed with just her acoustic guitar, Stark played a set that felt more suited to a church than an outdoor music festival, applying angel-pure vocals to songs that included a few from Lavender Diamond's standout recent album, "Incorruptible Heart," a title that neatly summarizes her artistic perspective.