Sturgill Simpson Ranks as Top 3 Most Popular Stagecoach Artists

Sturgill Simpson beats out the likes of Blake Shelton for most popular Stagecoach performers.

Every April, quiet Indio, Cali. transforms into a music festival circus, boasting three consecutive weekends of non-stop performances and party shenanigans. The first festival being Coachella, which hosts everything from rock to rap, followed by its "country cousin" Stagecoach. Rarely is there an artist who blurs the genre lines enough to perform at both festivals; Sturgill Simpson is that rarity.

With ticket broker StubHub recently announcing its top searched artists for Stagecoach, it may come as a surprise that Simpson was in the top three in popularity -- just behind headliners Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw. The list includes The Voice host Blake Shelton, alongside other mainstream acts Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore and The Band Perry. Without much radio play, Simpson has carved out his own following, drawing comparisons to fellow "outlaws" Jamey Johnson and Shooter Jennings.

When asked in a recent interview with the LA Times, which audience represents his demographic, Simpson replied, "Man, I don't know. I'm not sure where I even land anymore, to be honest with you. A lot of the bigger acts that are playing Stagecoach, I don't know that we get associated with them any more than we do the acts at Coachella." He lauged, "It's not something I really worry about. We're just happy to be able to play."

With his current album Metamodern Sounds in Country Music pushing boundaries and blending traditional and modern sounds, there is no question that Simpson will continue to draw a unique audience.

Here is Stubhub's full list of the top 15 most popular Stagecoach artists by search:

1. Miranda Lambert

2. Tim McGraw

3. Sturgill Simpson

4. ZZ Top

5. Dierks Bentley

6. Kacey Musgraves

7. Gregg Allman

8. The Lone Bellow

9. Merle Haggard

10. Kip Moore

11. The Band Perry

12. George Thorogood

13. Eli Young Band

14. Blake Shelton

15. Oak Ridge Boys

Screengrab via Austin City Limits

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Sturgill Simpson Ranks as Top 3 Most Popular Stagecoach Artists