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Lonestar Sets Release Date for "Life As We Know It"
Multi-platinum and award-winning country quartet LONESTAR has announced that their new album, LIFE AS WE KNOW IT, will be released Tuesday, June 4 via the band’s own 4 Star Records, in partnership with The Orchard. LIFE AS WE KNOW IT marks the first full-length album release for LONESTAR in over three years and the first since the much-anticipated return of revered original vocalist RICHIE McDONALD.
The album’s second single “Maybe Someday” is currently spinning nationwide at country radio. The soaring and plaintive breakup song--written by the group’s McDONALD and DEAN SAMS along with songwriters Frank Myers and Billy Montana--is available for purchase now on iTunes. The “Maybe Someday” video has been officially added to CMT.com CMT Pure and CMT Mobile. The band speaks at length about the writing of the song in this newly released clip: http://youtu.be/EQaR3oOzL18. Recently shot inNashville, the “Maybe Someday” video features the return of Sunny Mabrey (“Mad Men,” “Desperate Housewives,” “CSI: Miami”), the actress from the video for their massive hit “Amazed” (which can be seen here).
Known both for their strong country roots as well as their multi-genre crossover appeal that’s led to a history of success on the pop/rock charts, multi-platinum-selling LONESTAR has only their own career records to break. The band has RIAA-certified sales in excess of 10 million album units since their national launch in 1995. According to Billboard, "Lonestar's chart history boasts 18 Top 10 songs, which includes three Top 5 peaks, and nine No. 1's." (8/9/12)
2012 also marked a big year personally and professionally for LONESTAR--MICHAEL BRITT, lead guitar & backing vocals; RICHIE McDONALD, lead vocals & piano; KEECH RAINWATER, drums; and DEAN SAMS, keyboards and backing vocals--as they celebrated their 20th anniversary as a band and the return of McDONALD.
McDONALD is excited to be back with his friends and the upcoming release of LIFE AS WE KNOW IT, recently telling Digitaljournal.com they had full control of the album: “I think what’s different about this one is that we got to produce it, so we had a little more creative control. We actually wrote nine of the twelve songs, so we really feel--for the first time in our careers--that this is really us more than ever.” As for re-joining the group, McDONALD says, “It’s been awesome. When we got back together, we all said that were gonna enjoy this time and I think in years past we kind of took it for granted and didn’t really enjoy the moment. For us, we feel like there’s no pressure. We just want to enjoy making music, enjoy being together, enjoy playing, performing live and entertaining our fans…and that’s really what it’s all about for us.”
On the touring front, LONESTAR is looking forward to making their debut at Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival Sunday, April 28 where they’ll share the stage with the likes of Zac Brown Band,Darius Rucker, Thompson Square and others. A major nationwide tour is also in the works and dates will be announced soon.
For the latest LONESTAR news, follow the band on Facebook (www.facebook.com/lonestarnow) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/lonestarband).
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Lonestar Releases New Single "Maybe Someday"
Multi-platinum and award-winning country quartet LONESTAR has released their new single “Maybe Someday,” currently spinning nationwide at country radio. The soaring and plaintive breakup song is available for purchase now on iTunes and will be featured on LONESTAR’s forthcoming album LIFE AS WE KNOW IT. Now set for release this spring on their own 4 STAR RECORDS in partnership with The Orchard, the new album marks the group’s reunion with original lead singer RICHIE McDONALD. Watch the lyric video for “Maybe Someday”--written by the group’s Richie McDonald and Dean Sams along with songwriters Frank Myers and Billy Montana--here: http://www.lonestarnow.com/. The official music video for “Maybe Someday” was shot recently in Nashville and features the return of Sunny Mabrey (“Mad Men,” “Desperate Housewives,” “CSI: Miami”), the actress from the video for their massive hit “Amazed” (which can be seen here). The video will be released in the coming weeks.
2012 marked a big year personally and professionally for LONESTAR--MICHAEL BRITT, lead guitar & backing vocals; RICHIE McDONALD, lead vocals & piano; KEECH RAINWATER, drums; and DEAN SAMS, keyboards and backing vocals--as they celebrated their 20th anniversary as a band and the return of McDONALD. 2013 kicks up the excitement level with the release of the band’s new LIFE AS WE KNOW IT album and a major nationwide tour. Look for LONESTAR to perform at the Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Nashville February 27. They’re also set to make their debut at Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival Sunday, April 28 where they’ll share the stage with the likes of Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, Thompson Square and others.
Of being back together in the studio working on the new album, McDONALD told the Dunkirk Observer (Dunkirk, NY), “The music is still country no matter how you look at it but there are some songs that have more country elements to them. We kind of mixed it up. It's always good to give the fans a little bit of everything.” He went on to say, “The music feels like us more than it ever has in our 20 year career. We think it’s the best album we've ever made." (7/9/12)
"Maybe Someday" - Available on iTunes
Lonestar's new single "Maybe Someday" is available on iTunes.
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Lonestar a hit at the MassMutual Center
Lonestar capped off a full night of country music with a solid 90 minute set at the MassMutual Center on Monday night, taking over the venue’s Exhibition Hall and performing for close to 500 fans. Colt Ford and Kristen Kelly both chipped in with 45 minute sets.
It was the first of two significant country shows in the span of five days sponsored by local country station KIX 100.9 FM.
Lonestar once again featured its original lineup with Richie McDonald returning to the lead vocal spot after a four year hiatus to join Dean Sams (keyboard) Keech Rainwater (drums) and Michael Britt (guitar).
The group set up across the stage “unplugged” style giving the event an intimate feel and opened with the chart topping hit “My Front Porch Looking In,” followed by “Everything Changes.”
The intimate setting allowed for some interesting give and take between the performers and the audience (who were encouraged to shout out requests) and seemed to energize the band. When McDonald and Sams switched instruments for Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis” a delay in the process caused by Sams re-tuning a guitar prompted an impromptu version of Styx’s “Come Sail Away.”
Lonestar has had a history of Number One country singles and offered up perhaps their biggest to date with “Amazed.” The group also worked up The Beatles’ “Get Back” as part of their set-closing “No News” and seemed surprised by the call for an encore.
McDonald responded by running out to the keyboards to plink away at Billy Joel’s “Piano Man,” while his mates grabbed the nearest instrument and played along.
The encore rolled on with their original “Mr. Mom,” a cover of Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville” and a follow up cover of Loggins and Messina’s “Danny’s Song.” The group closed out the night with a new song due out on a spring release.
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