Life is good for Lonestar Country band has evolved and changed and is now exactly where it wants to be
Richie 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.
Haley & Michaels, Lonestar’s Richie McDonald Share Story Behind ‘Just Another Love Song’ – Exclusive Video Read More: Haley & Michaels Share Story Behind 'Just Another Love Song'
New country duo Haley & Michaels found themselves writing a love song about love songs with Richie McDonald of Lonestar. McDonald sang one of the best country love songs of all time and it’s safe to say ‘Amazed’ more than inspired ‘Just Another Love Song.’ The group explains in this video exclusive to Taste of Country.
‘Just Another Love Song’ borrows lyrics from ‘Amazed,’ an idea that McDonald bashfully brought to the table. ”We went through all these other songs, and finally went back and said ‘Yeah, let’s write about ‘Amazed” and that’s how this song came about.”
“I don’t know how you do what you’re doing here / You sang ‘Baby I’m Amazed’ in my ear / Now every time it comes on / It’s just another, just another love song,” the duo sing at the chorus.
Firehouse Subs Presents 'An Evening with Richie McDonald
Firehouse Subs proudly presents 'An Evening with Richie McDonald,' lead singer for country supergroup Lonestar. The concert will benefit People First of Henry County, a non-profit organization that supports special needs families.
2014 American Idol finalist, Madelyn Patterson and her band will kick off the show at 7 pm followed by Richie McDonald. Richie will be performing all your old favorites as well as some new songs. He will share the stories behind the songs for an evening you won't want to miss. Tickets are available at Firehouse Subs in McDonough, Stockbridge and Griffin, GA as well as Jackson Drugs in Jackson.
Richie McDonald performs for LISD
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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.”
Lonestar's Richie McDonald talks about their new single and upcoming album
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.”
“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.