Photos from the 2014 Sun Bowl
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Its official: the country band Lonestar will be this year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl game half time performers, as first reported on Mike and Tricia Mornings on December 1.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have them perform at this year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl halftime,” Mayor Oscar Leeser of Hyundai of El Paso said in a press release. “This award-winning group has dozens of country hits under their belt and we are sure the football fans will enjoy their performance at Sun Bowl Stadium.”

Lonestar is best known for their 1999 #1 crossover song “Amazed,” which was the first country song to top the Billboard Hot 100 since 1983′s “Islands in the Stream”.

The 2014 Hyundai Sun Bowl game will feature the Sun Devils of Arizona State against the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday, Dec. 27 at noon at Sun Bowl Stadium.


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Multi-platinum recording group Lonestar kicked off 2014 on a nationwide tour in support of their album, Life As We Know It, and now they are finishing it strong with the release of their latest single, “Pretty Good Day.” Written by frontman Richie McDonald, Marv Green & Tommy Lee James, the single launched on Play MPE in the Top 5 Downloads and Streaming charts.

Acclaimed MusicRow Magazine critic Robert Oermann proclaims: “These guys continue to make top-notch music. In this case, they’re harmonizing on an upbeat ode to the simple joys of living and loving. Wonderfully tuneful and catchy.

“Pretty Good Day” is currently available on iTunes along with their latest full-length album, Life As We Know It. An accompanying music video is expected this winter.

In the spirit of the holiday season, fans are invited to share their idea of a Pretty Good Day. Using the hashtag #PrettyGoodDay, fans can share selfies holding a piece of paper declaring their inspiring moment. Selected fans will be retweeted by the band’s social media platforms. A recent #PrettyGoodDay photo (below), comes from fan Renae in Washington State who is celebrating 6 months cancer free.

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Courtesy - Jeff Dedekker, The Leader-Post

10068729Richie McDonald has made some tough decisions when it comes to his music career but rejoining Lonestar wasn't one of them.In 2007 McDonald chose to walk away from Lonestar, at the time one of the top groups in country music, to spend more time with his young family. He traded the days of 150 nights on the road for the duties of a stayat-home dad.

While he did work as a solo artist - he released I Turned To You, a gospel album, in 2008 and Slowdown, in 2010 - McDonald focused on his life with his wife Lorie and his three children.

Lonestar continued to tour and record with Cody Collins stepping into Mc-Donald's role as lead singer. But some reflection by Mc-Donald led to him reaching out to his former bandmates in 2010 and eventually rejoining the band in 2011.