Because what the world needs now is one more giant music festival, the makers of New Orleans JazzFest will host the inaugural Bayou Country Superfest this coming Memorial Day at LSU’s Tiger Stadium. And hoo boy, what a two-day lineup they announced today: Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, Kellie Pickler, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, Justin Moore, Gloriana, David Nail… and oh yeah, some dude named Kenny Chesney, who I could have sworn was taking the year off.

Meanwhile, a little over a month before this auspiciously giant event, the fine folks at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival — a.k.a. country Coachella — have their own stellar two-day slate in Indio, Calif.: Urban, Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn (they’re on that farewell lap), Sugarland, and Billy Currington.


Well. If you’re a regular visitor to Coronaville, the chance to see Chesney rock one of the biggest stadiums on the planet might be enough to draw you to Louisiana. But for me, the decision gets made by Stagecoach’s undercard participants: Merle Haggard, the Oak Ridge Boys, Jamey Johnson, the excitingly odd Avett Brothers, Little Jimmy Dickens, and Mary Gauthier as of now, with more surely to come as the date draws closer. On the other hand, I do like that David Nail.

What do you think, Mixers? Who’s excited for Bayou Country Superfest? Who’s stickin’ with Stagecoach? And can we actually miss Kenny if he never goes away?

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