Country and alternative rock artist Orville Peck joins an exclusive club of musicians who have been tapped to perform at both the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and its sister Stagecoach Country Music Festival back-to-back in Indio this month.
Going through and playing in front of the very different audiences that each festival attracts is a feat that only a few have accomplished, including Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam and the Avett brothers. Country, soul and R&B artist Yola will also perform at both festivals this year.
“It’s a nice compliment and it’s also exciting,” Peck said in a recent interview. “I love the fact that my music seems to be able to cross not only musical genres, but also people genres. We notice the great diversity of people in the crowd at my concerts, which has always been a beautiful and obvious point for us on tour. We bring together a group of different people who might not usually be in the same room, so it’s a great feeling.
Peck performed at Coachella on Sunday, April 17 and will return for Weekend 2 on April 24. He is also headlining Late Night in the Palomino, the after party on the Palomino Stage, at Stagecoach on April 30. Between festival gigs, he has sold-out shows at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay in San Diego on April 25 and he joins country legend Tanya Tucker at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown on April 28. at the new Palomino Festival with Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson & Family, Jason Isbell and Unit 400 and More on July 9 at Brookside at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
Although he currently resides in Los Angeles, Peck was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has also lived in London, England, and Toronto, Canada. But until this year, he’s never been to Coachella or Stagecoach. He said he went there mostly prepared with new music and new outfits.
Peck, who is a stylish, openly gay man known for wearing a cowboy hat and a fringe-covered eye mask, is still a bit of a mystery. He never shows his face in public and shares very little of his personal life in interviews or on social media. However, he reveals everything in his music with his soft and deep voice – a bit like Elvis Presley with a little more twang. Although he’s primarily referred to as a country artist, Peck isn’t afraid to muddy the waters musically by adding elements of pop, folk, post-punk and indie pop-rock.
Her 2019 debut album, “Pony,” featuring singles “Dead of Night” and “Turn to Hate,” won her multiple Juno Awards. He also teamed up with several other artists for projects and featured on drag queen Trixie Mattel’s EP, “Full Coverage, Vol 1,” as the duo covered Johnny and June Carter Cash’s hit “Jackson.” . Peck was also one of the LGBTQ artists invited by pop star Lady Gaga to record versions of her songs for the album “Born This Way The Tenth Anniversary”, for which Peck covered the album’s title track. Last year, he and fellow alt-country artist Paul Cauthen formed a Righteous Brothers cover duo, dubbed the Unrighteous Brothers.
Peck’s second album, “Bronco”, was just released on April 8th. This collection of music, he insists, helped him out of the dark spot he found himself in when the pandemic began in 2020.
“I had just come out of a really bad situation in my personal life and was in a very, very deep depression,” he said. “There was no tour. My job had just stopped. I was at the lowest place in my life that I had ever been, but I fell in love with writing music again in a cathartic sense rather than just “my job”. If COVID hadn’t happened, I think my second album would have been very different.
Without the extra time, the second effort wouldn’t have been so thoughtful, he explained, and he would have let others’ opinions seep into his creative process. He may have avoided a song like “The Curse of the Blackened Eye”, which is lyrically dark and heavy, yet light sounding, influenced by Peck listening to exotic and tiki music while writing.
“That time allowed me to get back to what I love about being an artist and make a very, very heartfelt album that I kinda don’t care if somebody doesn’t like it because I loved it so much,” he said. .
As for his show outfits, Peck said his fashion status has been upgraded to the point where he won’t be seen performing in the same outfit twice. He prepped all the new duds for his festival appearances and wouldn’t reveal much more, but the bold Nudie costumes and lots of fringe and flair are a safe bet.
“It became a constant battle to try and top anything we’ve done before,” he said of his onstage wardrobe. He also has a small friendly rivalry with Midland, another country trio with a fashion spiritwho will perform on the Mane Stage at Stagecoach on April 29.
“I know these boys so well and they’re so jealous of how I look,” Peck joked, noting that even if he wins the style contest hands down, the members of Midland can all manage to grow in the years. 80s and ’90s cowboy mustaches.
“They have me on the mustache, but you know, I have the bangs.”
Stagecoach Country Music Festival
When: April 29-May 1
Or: Empire Polo Club, 81-800 Avenue 51, Indiana
Tickets: $379 to $459 general admission pass