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Richie McDonald performs for LISD


The lead singer of Lonestar made a special appearance at the Lubbock Independent School District convocation Thursday, surprising many in the audience.

Richie McDonald, a 1981 graduate of Coronado High School, is a longtime friend and former roommate of LISD’s new superintendent Berhl Robertson — the reason the singer agreed to a private performance for district staff. McDonald sang his 2011 hit “Footprints on the Moon” at the piano accompanied by a select group of 60 LISD choir students.

“It was real personal and emotional to both of us,” Robertson said. He remembers talking with McDonald 25 years ago about their respective passions for education and music. They never thought they’d be acting out their dreams together.

For McDonald, the convocation was a chance to see the tables turned. In a phone interview Thursday, the singer said he knows Robertson has been following his career for years, but Thursday gave him an opportunity to see and experience his old friend’s accomplishments first hand.

“For me to come back and to see Berhl up there in front of the whole LISD and give his speech — it made me proud to be a part of it,” McDonald said. ”He’s worked hard to get to where he is at. He’s LISD’s superintendent, but to me he’s just one of my best friends. He’s just a good guy — a real person. I just wanted to come back and show my support.”

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Q&A with LONESTAR: Richie McDonald talks about coming back and a new album

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Every couple in America has probably danced to the song “Amazed” at one time in their lives. The song was one of those few ballads that was No. 1 on both country and pop charts in the late 1990s, and is still played everywhere — from wedding receptions to proms.

While “Amazed” propelled the band Lonestar to new heights in the country music world, the song and album “Lonely Grill” created success that’s hard to repeat. The album yielded three more hits: “Smile,” “Tell Her” and “What About Now.”

After a four-year solo career, lead singer Richie McDonald has returned to Lonestar and the group is ready to re-create that success with a new tour and a single, along with an album due out in the fall. I caught up with McDonald on Wednesday to talk about the new project and Lonestar’s concert coming up at Ho-Chunk Casino in Wisconsin Dells on Saturday.

He spoke about the band turning 20, his return and former band member John Rich, who left in 1998 and became a star with Big and Rich and appeared on “Celebrity Apprentice.”

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Lonestar's Richie McDonald talks about their new single and upcoming album

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On July 3, Richie McDonald, the lead singer of the country band Lonestar, spoke prior to his concert at the news-lonestar-2012-2NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Long Island.

Regarding their new single “The Countdown,” Richie remarked, “This is the countdown for our twentieth year anniversary. I left the band five years ago, but now I am back in and it made sense for us to get back together to record an anniversary album.”

“We produced the new album ourselves and we wrote all but two songs on there. It sounds like Lonestar more than it ever has, since we had a lot of creative control on it. We are better together than we ever were apart. I feel like I am back with my brothers. This record was a lot of fun to make and a true labor of love. We feel that it’s the best album that we have ever made. We want to continue touching people with our music,” he added.

Recently, Richie had recorded a duet with country singer Joanna Mosca entitled “Where Does Good Love Go.” “Joanna is a sweet lady and she’s such a great singer,” he acknowledged. “We recorded the song at Bryan White’s studio and he produced her entire album.”

“I would love to sing with Kelly Clarkson someday, since she sings with a lot of passion and from the heart. I would like to sing with Don Henley as well,” he said.

“The fans will not be disappointed in this new album. It will make them laugh and it will make them cry. There is a balance of tempos, mid-tempos and ballads on there. We would love to get a single on country radio and we hope they will embrace us again. We will be doing a new video for ‘The Countdown’ and we hope the fans will call their radio stations and request this new song,” the Lonestar frontman concluded.

For more information on Lonestar and their new music, check out their official website.


Lonestar to Release New Single in July



Lonestar is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and will continue the party by releasing a new single. “The Countdown” will be released July 17 and will be included on a new album, expected to be released on their own 4 Star Records label in October.

The recently reunited quartet – Michael Britt, Richie McDonald, Keech Rainwater and Dean Sams – kicked off 2012 with a European tour on a bill that included Reba and Ricky Skaggs. The band recently performed at CMA Music Festival on the Chevy Riverfront Stage and had a sold out fan club party at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. They debuted “The Countdown” at the party and played a few other new songs as well.

“It was a blast” Dean Sams said. “Fans were singing along to the new single by the second verse.”  Richie McDonald agreed. “What a way to start the summer: in the heat, outside, with thousands of fans singing along,” he said. “Back on the bus!”

Lonestar resumed their touring schedule this week with a show in Del Mar, California. The group has shows booked through October with stops in Westbury, New York, Los Angeles and Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Richie McDonald - playing in theatre near you....

richie.jpgRichie recently had a role in the upcoming movie "Cowgirls and Angels."  Here is the current list of theaters that will be showing the film on May 25th. More are being booked everyday and will be added to the list!  For more information check the website www.cowgirls-n-angels

Chapel Hills 15 (Colorado Springs)
Tinseltown 20 (Colorado Springs)
Tinseltown 14 (Pueblo)

Town Center 20 (Leawood)
Studio 30 (Olathe)
Palazzo 16 Theatre (Overland Park)
Cinemark 20 (Merriam)
Westglen 18 (Shawnee)


Star Cinema - Council Bluffs 16 (Council Bluffs)

Barrywoods 24 (Kansas City)
Independence Commons 20 (Independence)
Eastglen 16 (Lee's Summit)
Northglen 14 (Kansas City)

Oak View 24 (Omaha)
Great Escape Stadium 16 (Omaha)

Quail Springs 24 (Oklahoma City)
Tinseltown 20 (Oklahoma City)
Bricktown 16 (Oklahoma City)
Movies 6 (Shawnee)
Spotlight 14 (Norman)
Southroads 20 (Tulsa)
Starwoods 20 (Tulsa)
Carmike 10 (Stillwater)
Owasso 12 (Owasso)

Wynnsong 10 (Madison)
Hollywood 27 (Nashville)
Opry Mills 20 (Nashville)
Thoroughbred 20 (Franklin)
Great Escape 16 (Clarksville)
Wynnsong 16 (Murfeesboro)

Century 16 (Salt Lake City)
Megaplex 20 (South Jordan)
Carmike 12 (West Jordan)
Cinemark 24 (West Jordan)
Megaplex 17 @ Jordan Commons (Sandy)
Century Union Heights 16 (Sandy)
Tinseltown 17 (Layton)
Tinseltown 14 (Ogden)
Megaplex 13 at The Junction (Ogden)
Cinemark 16 (Provo)
Wynnsong 12 (Provo)
Thanksgiving Point Stadium 17 (Lehi)
Stadium Cinemas (Payson)