Willie Nelson named to play at new Coachella Country Music Festival in May 2007

The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival have announced that they will add a country music festival for the first time on May 5, 6, the weekend following their April 27-29 festival in California.  So far, artists named to play are Willie Nelson, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Sugarland, Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Nickel Creek, Ricky Skaggs, Earl Scruggs and Sparrow Quarter featuring Bela Fleck.

A sportsman says there will be four stages: main stage, an “outlaw” stage, a bluegrass stage and a “storytelling” area, the latter of which will feature appearances by “Prairie Home Companion” creator Garrison Keillor and Texas poet laureate Red Steagall.

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