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With massive hits such as “No News” and “Amazed,” Lonestar quickly cemented their status as one of country music’s biggest acts in the 1990s, but the band has been quiet in recent years. In April, however, Lonestar will release their 10th studio album, Never Enders.

Set for release on April 29, Never Enders will feature 10 new Lonestar songs that “bring the trademark sound into the contemporary arena,” according to a release from Shanachie Entertainment, the band’s label. The project’s title and title track are a tip of the hat to the group’s longevity in country music, an optimistic manifesto of sorts for a band that’s been playing more than 100 shows each year for the past two decades. To read more and listen click here.

The multiplatinum country music group Lonestar will be among the featured performers this summer at the Merced County Fair, organizers announced.

The group of Texans who first began performing together in Tennessee are celebrating their 20th anniversary with an extensive tour, for which they are reuniting with original lead singer Richie McDonald. The Merced appearance is one of more than 90 dates scheduled across North America.

Lonestar, which is known for merging country roots with relaxed rock and pop influences, will perform at the Merced fairgrounds on Saturday, June 11.


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AR 303179920Michael Britt is still amazed by the past 24 years.

The guitarist and his fellow Lonestar bandmates -- Richie McDonald, Keech Rainwater and Dean Sams -- have been able to make music, play shows around the country and have all kinds of fun since they formed in 1992.

And they're nowhere close to being done.

"We enjoy this now just as much as we ever did," said Britt, 49.

Even now, the hit-making country band keeps on truckin'. Britt and his bandmates, who just wrapped up recording their new "Never Enders" album that will drop later this spring, will play a two-show event presented by the Meadville Fraternal Order of Police on Sunday, 1 and 6 p.m., at Allegheny College in Meadville. Special guest Larry Frick will also perform during the shows.

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Lonestar will perform 8 p.m.

 

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Lonestar will perform 8 p.m. Sunday at the Stark County Fair.

WHEN: Sunday, 8 p.m.

WHERE: Grandstand, Stark County Fair.

TICKETS: $15 for reserved seats on the track and in the grands...

While “Amazed” was a crossover smash for Lonestar in 1999, hitting the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s country and Hot 100 charts, the band is hardly a one-hit wonder.Lonestar, which will appear in concert Sunday night at the Stark County Fair, topped the country charts eight more times — with “I’m Already There,” “No News,” “My Front Porch Looking In,” “Mr. Mom,” “Tell Her,” “What About Now,” “Smile” and “Come Cryin’ to Me” — and scored more radio hits with “Tequila Talkin’,” “Everything Changed,” “Let’s Be Us Again” and “Walking in Memphis.”These days, 23 years after Lonestar formed in Nashville, the band remains a popular live act, playing up to 80 concerts a year. And while the string of hit country singles has ceased, the band continues to release albums, the most recent one being “Life As We Know It” (2013).  Guitarist Michael Britt phoned Monday from Nashville to talk about his life with Lonestar.

    Q. Is it a challenge to be touring a lot and keep things going on the home front?

    A. “Typically, our weekends are when we work. For the most part we’re home through the week having normal lives. We’re at home as much as most people, maybe more than some.”

    Q. What do you guys do for fun when you’re out on the road?

    A. “We had two back-to-back, two-week runs out west recently. We went to Moab, Utah, rented Jeeps and drove through the trails. That was really cool. We’ve got a cornhole board. We have grills on the bus to cook out and make it like a camping trip.”

    Q. Is your career in a comfortable place these days?

    A. “It’s really is. We’re kind of off the rat wheel. We’re not on a major label, not on the typical album cycle, we make music as we want to. We wish we had more airplay, but we have great fans, we’re still working, we still enjoy playing and making new music.”

    Q. Are you working on songs for the next Lonestar album?

    A. We’re actually finishing up a new project. We have two more songs to cut, then we’re hoping to have a new album out by the end of the year.”

    Q. For people who have never seen Lonestar, what can you tell me about the concert you’ll be playing in Canton this weekend?

    A. “The response we get from people who’ve not seen up before is they couldn’t believe how many songs they recognized. Most know ‘Amazed’ and ‘I’m Already There,’ but we have a lot of songs people know that they might not know were by Lonestar.”

        Q. You four guys have spent so much time together. Do you play certain roles in the band?