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Eric Church is having a record year. Off the strength of his latest studio album Mr. Misunderstood, the outsider is pushing country music in progressive and exciting directions. During last night's (April 29) opening at Stagecoach, the superstar took to the Mane Stage with his guitar in hand and closed out the event with a slew of his hits, which included "Cold One," "Creepin'" and "Drink in My Hand."

Church, who last played the festival in 2007 (at "2 o'clock in the afternoon," as he reminded the crowd), also performed “Wrecking Ball,” “Talladega,” “These Boots” and “Smoke a Little Smoke." The sunglasses-wearing outlaw proved to be a strong headliner for night one in Indio, Cali., and despite not having any special guests, the concertgoers were gleeful and energetic during his set.

Check out the slideshow of the night above, and stay tuned to AXS.com for all your Stagecoach coverage.