“Twenty years ago, when we put this little band together to play in some bars and make a little money, I dreamed it pretty good,” admits keyboard player, acoustic guitar, backing vocalist, and songwriter Dean Sams, “But I never dreamed it quite this good.”
Since the ‘little band’ formed in Nashville in 1992, Lonestar has sold in excess of 10 million albums. Their 1995 self-titled debut album’s first single, Tequila Talkin‘, landed in the Top Ten, and the follow-up single, No News, shot up the charts to #1. Other top hits include: Come Crying To Me, Amazed, My Front Porch Looking In, Smile, Tell Her, and What About Now.
“Music is a very powerful tool and can help people going through both good and bad times,” observes Richie McDonald (lead vocals, piano). The group played overseas for U.S. armed forces in Iraq and Kuwait. Their songs brought out strong emotions in the troops.
Recently Lonestar played European dates with Reba McEntire, Ricky Skaggs, and Little Big Town. In a four-star review of their performance at Wembley Arena, The Guardian Britain’s daily newspaper, wrote, “they reminded us of country’s greatest strength: picture-painting, story-based, tear-your-heart-out lyrics that are the most direct and lucid in popular music.”
Richie has returned to the group after leaving to pursue a solo career. Rounding out the band members are lead guitar and backing vocalist Michael Britt and drummer Keech Rainwater. Life As We Know It, their ninth studio album (they also have two Christmas albums and five compilation albums), was released today on their own label, 4 Star Records. Everyone will understand the title track and its reference to how the same lessons have to be learned again and again because people don’t listen. I Miss When takes us back to simpler times, when work meant mowing a neighbor’s grass and worries were only about grades in school.
Following in the footsteps of Little Big Town’s Pontoon, Party All Day just might be the summer ’13 theme song … lay in the sun … watch the blues go away. The album contains love songs including With My Eyes Open and Pretty Good Day, and a song about hope after loss, Maybe Someday.
The quartet will also be performing at CMA Fest so make sure to check out our CMA Fest Survival Guide to find out where you can see them during the week.