Country group Lonestar has given all-acoustic concerts in the past but, for its regular shows, keeps the instruments mostly plugged in, according to lead guitarist Michael Britt.

“Every time we throw in an acoustic section in a regular show, it throws off the momentum,” he says.

That's not to say the group won't find a way to incorporate some acoustic material.

“This is the time of year to think about about how to make the show more unique and fun for us,” Britt says.

Guaranteed to make the setlist will be an ever-changing rock medley during which Lonestar lets the guitars rip for eight to 10 minutes. The group has tried everything from Pink Floyd and KISS to Kenny Loggins and the Eagles.

“The rock medley is so much fun to do,” Britt says.

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Lonestar had already released nine singles, which included two No. 1 hits, by the time they released “Amazed” in 1999. But while the four-man group knew the ballad written by Marv Green, Aimee Mayo and Chris Lindsey was something special, they were ill-prepared for the impact the tune would have on their career.

“We heard the song at a song meeting at RCA,” lead singer Richie McDonald recently recalled to reporters. “We thought it was a very passionate song. We thought it was a beautiful love song. I don’t think we had any idea it was going to do what it did on the country chart.”

The song, from their Lonely Grill album, stayed in the top spot on the country charts for eight consecutive weeks, with a remixed version holding the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 100 for two weeks as well.

“It’s a universal song,” Richie said. “Sometimes when a song like that comes along, it needs a little pushing and prodding, but something like that was kind of a natural evolvement.”

Not all of the reception for the song was positive, however.

“We caught a lot of flack for it over the years, saying we sold out,” Richie added. “Of course, we had to have the pop mix, and the Hot AC mix. I was driving home from Nashville one day, and I swear I had no idea. I hear the four on the floor,” he says, stomping his feet and singing the hook, “I was like, ‘Where’d that come from?’”


Photos from the 2014 Sun Bowl
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