In a rare, intimate acoustic concert at Harris Center in Folsom, Lonestar will perform popular selections from the group’s string of hits, favorite country songs and new tracks from “Life As We Know It.”
Known for merging their country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals, Lonestar members Richie McDonald, lead vocals, piano; Michael Britt, lead guitar, backing vocals; Keech Rainwater, drums; and Dean Sams, keyboards, acoustic guitar, backing vocals, have amassed RIAA-certified sales in excess of 10 million album units since their national launch in 1995 and achieved 10 No. 1 country hits including “No News,” “Come Crying To Me” and their crossover smash “Amazed.” The band’s awards include a 1999 ACM Single of The Year for “Amazed” (the song also won the Song of the Year award) and the 2001 CMA Vocal Group of the Year.
A 20- year anniversary is cause for celebration, and Lonestar is marking this career milestone in more ways than one. Reunited with original lead singer McDonald, the multi-platinum country music quartet is working hard on a brand new album and embarking on an extensive anniversary tour, with more than 90 dates scheduled in North America alone.
“Twenty years ago, when we put this little band together to play in some bars and make a little money, I dreamed it pretty good,” said keyboard player and songwriter Dean Sams. “But I never dreamed it quite this good.”
A recent string of European dates with Reba McEntire, Ricky Skaggs, and Little Big Town found Lonestar thrilling audiences in England, Ireland, Switzerland and Germany. In a four-star review of their performance at Wembley Arena, UK daily The Guardian noted that Lonestar “got an even bigger welcome than McEntire,” and praised how, “They reminded us of country’s greatest strength: picture-painting, story-based, tear-your-heart-out lyrics that are the most direct and lucid in popular music.”
With McDonald now back in the fold, Lonestar is starting its third decade of making music together with a bang.
“I’m so excited to think about the songs that are going to come out of the next chapter of Lonestar,” said Rainwater. “And I’m looking forward to another 20 years of great music.”