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Lonestar
Lonestar pose for pictures before a show
Lonestar pose for pictures before a show
Background information
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Genre(s) Country, country pop
Years active 1992 - Present
Label(s) BNA Records (1995-2007)
Website http://www.lonestarnow.com/
Members
Cody Collins - lead vocals (2007-present)
Michael Britt - lead guitar, harmony vocals
Keech Rainwater - drums, percussion
Dean Sams - keyboards, melodica, harmony vocals
Former members
Richie McDonald - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano (1992-2007)
John Rich - lead and harmony vocals, bass guitar (1995-1998)

Lonestar is an American country music band consisting of lead singer Cody Collins (born in Pace, Florida), Michael Britt (born Michael Wayne Britt, 15 June 1966, in Fort Worth, Texas), Keech Rainwater (born Randy Keech Rainwater, 24 January 1963, in Plano, Texas) and Dean Sams (born Kenneth Dean Sams, 3 August 1966, in Garland, Texas). Until September 2007, Richie McDonald was the band's lead singer; he departed in pursuit of a solo career. John Rich (born January 7, 1974 in Amarillo, Texas), currently one half of country music duo Big & Rich, was also a member of the group until 1998. Lone Star (or Lonestar) may refer to: Lone Star Flag, the official flag of the State of Texas The Lone Star State, an official nickname for the State of Texas; derived from the flag Lone Star, Texas, a city in east Texas Lone Star, South Carolina, a town in Calhoun... Image File history File links Lonestar_2005. ... “Nashville” redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... country music, see Country music (disambiguation) Country music, the first half of Billboards country and western music category, is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... Country Pop is a subgenre of country music that first emerged in the 1970s, with roots in both the countrypolitan sound and in soft rock. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... BNA Records is a label group part of Arista Nashville, RCA Records, and Sony BMG. Based in Nashville, BNA focuses mainly on modern country music. ... For other uses, see Lonestar (disambiguation). ... John Rich (born in Amarillo, Texas on January 7, 1974) is a member of the country music duo Big & Rich. ... country music, see Country music (disambiguation) Country music, the first half of Billboards country and western music category, is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... Pace is a census-designated place located in Santa Rosa County, Florida. ... is the 166th day of the year (167th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Motto: Where the West Begins Location of Fort Worth in Tarrant County, Texas Coordinates: , Country State Counties Tarrant, Denton Government  - Mayor Michael J. Moncrief Area  - City 298. ... is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... Nickname: Location within the state of Texas Coordinates: , County Government  - Mayor Pat Evans Area  - City 185. ... is the 215th day of the year (216th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Garland is a city in Dallas County, Texas, (USA). ... For other uses, see Lonestar (disambiguation). ... John Rich (born in Amarillo, Texas on January 7, 1974) is a member of the country music duo Big & Rich. ... is the 7th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Amarillo redirects here. ... Big & Rich is an American country music duo comprising two singer-songwriters: Big Kenny (Kenny Alphin, former solo artist and lead singer for the group luvjOi) and John Rich (former vocalist and bass guitarist of Lonestar). ...


Lonestar made its debut on the U.S. country music charts in 1995 with the Top 10 single "Tequila Talkin'". Since then, the band has amassed a total of twenty-seven singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, with nine of those singles reaching Number One. The band's success peaked in 1999 with the release of their signature song "Amazed", a crossover hit that reached Number One on both the country charts and the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first single to do so since Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton's "Islands in the Stream" in 1983.[1] To date, the band has also recorded eight studio albums and a Greatest Hits compilation; three of their albums have been certified gold, while three more have been certified platinum or higher. Hot Country Songs is a chart released weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States. ... Amazed is a country music ballad recorded by Lonestar, released as a single from the bands album Lonely Grill. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... Kenneth Donald Kenny Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas) is a prolific American country music singer, photographer, producer, songwriter, actor and businessman. ... Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American, Grammy Award-winning country music singer/songwriter, composer, author, actress, and philanthropist. ... Islands in the Stream was a 1989 hit country music single for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, written by the Bee Gees. ...

Contents

Career

Beginnings

Lonestar began in 1992 as a band named Texassee; this name was derived from the fact that all five members were natives of Texas, and met in Nashville, Tennessee's Opryland USA theme park.[2][3] The original lineup consisted of lead singer Richie McDonald; guitarist Michael Britt; drummer Keech Rainwater; keyboardist Dean Sams; and bass guitarist/co-lead vocalist John Rich. The band's name was later changed to Lonestar. They first played at a concert in Nashville in 1993 and began touring after a booking agent then added the group to his roster. A live EP was released in 1994, shortly before the group signed to BNA Records. Their first single, "Tequila Talkin'", reached a peak of #8 on the U.S. Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. It was followed by the release of their eponymous debut album.[2] Certified for gold sales by the RIAA, the album also produced the band's first Number One single in the hit "No News".[3] In 1996, lead singer Richie McDonald also sang harmony vocals on Mindy McCready's Top 20 single "Maybe He'll Notice Her Now". This song and "Heartbroke Every Day" (the only single on which John Rich sang lead) overlapped on the charts. For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ... “Nashville” redirects here. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... John Rich (born in Amarillo, Texas on January 7, 1974) is a member of the country music duo Big & Rich. ... // Extended play (EP) is the name typically given to vinyl records or CDs which contain more than one single but are too short to qualify as albums. ... BNA Records is a label group part of Arista Nashville, RCA Records, and Sony BMG. Based in Nashville, BNA focuses mainly on modern country music. ... It has been suggested that Billboard be merged into this article or section. ... Hot Country Singles & Tracks is a chart released weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States. ... The RIAA Logo. ... Malinda Gayle Mindy McCready (b. ...


Crazy Nights

In 1997, the band released its second album, Crazy Nights. Two of the singles from this album -- "Say When" and "Come Cryin' to Me" (their second Number One) -- were co-written by John Rich, while the 1998 single "Everything's Changed" was co-written by McDonald. Shortly after the release of "Everything's Changed", Rich left to pursue a solo career on BNA, which would later prove unsuccessful. He has since become one half of the successful country rock duo Big & Rich. Big & Rich is an American country music duo comprising two singer-songwriters: Big Kenny (Kenny Alphin, former solo artist and lead singer for the group luvjOi) and John Rich (former vocalist and bass guitarist of Lonestar). ...


Lonely Grill

Lonely Grill, the first album not to include Rich, was released in 1999. Its first single, "Saturday Night", failed to reach Top 40; however, it was soon followed by the ballad "Amazed", which became a highly successful crossover hit. Having spent eight weeks at Number One on the country charts, "Amazed" would later reach Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 as well[3], making Lonestar the first country act to top both the Hot Country Songs and Hot 100 charts since 1983, when Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton accomplished the same feat with "Islands in the Stream".[1] Amazed is a country music ballad recorded by Lonestar, released as a single from the bands album Lonely Grill. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... Kenneth Donald Kenny Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas) is a prolific American country music singer, photographer, producer, songwriter, actor and businessman. ... Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American, Grammy Award-winning country music singer/songwriter, composer, author, actress, and philanthropist. ... Islands in the Stream was a 1989 hit country music single for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, written by the Bee Gees. ...


2000s

The group continued to produce hit singles throughout the 2000s, including the Number One singles "Smile", "Tell Her", "What About Now", "I'm Already There", "My Front Porch Looking In", and "Mr. Mom". Starting with their 2004 album Let's Be Us Again, however, sales and chart performance started to decline. Only two singles were released from their 2005 album Coming Home before the album Mountains was released, also due to disappointing sales.[4] Guitarist Michael Britt attributes the group's downfall to the label's choices in singles: "I think we painted ourselves into a corner... They (the record label) started putting out a bunch of family-type songs. I think that really pigeonholed us. The majority of the band didn't really want to continue doing that same thing. But that's what kept getting put out."[4] In 2007, Lonestar was selected to perform "God Bless America" during the seventh inning stretch of game four of the World Series at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Smile is a single by country music band Lonestar that reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. ... My Front Porch Looking In is a single by American country music group Lonestar that reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. ...


Departure of Richie McDonald

In March 2007, Lonestar parted ways with its record label, BNA Records, due to declining sales. Lead singer Richie McDonald also announced that he would be leaving the group at the end of 2007 in search of a solo career. McDonald released his first solo single, titled "God's Still in America", in July of 2007. As of September 2007, Cody Collins has been confirmed as Richie's replacement;[5] the band's first compilation with Cody as lead singer will be a Christmas music compilation titled My Christmas List, available exclusively through the restaurant chain Cracker Barrel.[6] BNA Records is a label group part of Arista Nashville, RCA Records, and Sony BMG. Based in Nashville, BNA focuses mainly on modern country music. ... Holiday Song redirects here. ... This article is about the restaurant-and-store chain. ...


Band members

Current

  • Michael Britt - lead guitar, harmony vocals (1992-present)
  • Cody Collins - lead vocals (September 2007-present)
  • Keech Rainwater - drums, percussion (1993-present)
  • Dean Sams - keyboards, harmonica, melodica, harmony vocals (1992-present)

Former

  • Richie McDonald - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano (1992-2007)
  • John Rich - bass guitar, lead and harmony vocals (1995-1998)

John Rich (born in Amarillo, Texas on January 7, 1974) is a member of the country music duo Big & Rich. ...

Road band

  • Colin Whinnery - rhythm guitar
  • Kevin Von Der Hofan - bass guitar
  • Rob Tyler - fiddle

Crew Members

  • Mark Chamberlain - Tour Manager
  • Alex Krompic - Lighting Director
  • Brent Jeffers - Stage Manager
  • Greg Morton - FOH/Production Manager
  • Kevin Lammons - Monitor Engineer
  • Rick Pietila - Guitar Tech

Discography

Albums

Year Title US Country US Billboard 200 RIAA certification
1994 Lonestar Live (EP) - - -
1995 Lonestar 11 69 Gold
1997 Crazy Nights 16 166 Gold
1999 Lonely Grill 3 28 3× Platinum
2000 This Christmas Time 11 95 -
2001 I'm Already There 1 9 Platinum
2003 From There to Here: Greatest Hits 1 7 2× Platinum
2004 Let's Be Us Again 2 14 Gold
2005 Coming Home 3 26 -
2006 Mountains 10 37 -

On January 4, 1936, Billboard magazine published its first music hit parade and on July 20, 1940 the first Music Popularity Chart was calculated. ... The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ... In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. ... See also: 1993 in country music, 1994 in music, other events of 1994, 1995 in country music, 1990s in music and the List of years in Country Music // January 8 – Star, Mississippi-native Faith Hill hits paydirt with her first single release, Wild One. ... See also: 1994 in country music, 1995 in music, other events of 1995, 1996 in country music, 1990s in music and the List of years in Country Music // (as certified by Billboard magazine) 1 - No. ... Lonestar is the self-titled debut album of American country music group Lonestar. ... See also: 1996 in country music, 1997 in music, other events of 1997, 1998 in country music, 1990s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events July 12 – The song, Its Your Love by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill becomes the first song in 20 years... Crazy Nights is the second album released by country music band Lonestar. ... See also: 1998 in country music, 1999 in music, other events of 1999, 2000 in country music, 1990s in music and the List of years in Country Music // March 6 – Legendary performer George Jones, in the midst of a comeback this year, is seriously injured when he crashed his Lexus... Lonely Grill is the fourth album by the country group Lonestar, released in the United States on June 1, 1999 (see 1999 in music) by BNA Records. ... See also: 1999 in country music, 2000 in music, other events of 2000, 2001 in country music, 2000s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events Top Hits of the Year No. ... This Christmas Time is an album of Christmas music, released in 2000, by the American country music band Lonestar. ... See also: 2000 in country music, 2001 in music, other events of 2001, 2002 in country music, 2000s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events Top hits of the year Number one hits (As certified by Billboard magazine) 1 - No. ... Im Already There is the fifth album released by American country music band Lonestar. ... See also: 2002 in country music, 2003 in music, other events of 2003, 2004 in country music and the List of years in Country Music // March 10 – During a concert in London, England, Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines said that the band was ashamed the President of the United... See also: 2003 in country music, 2004 in music, other events of 2004, 2005 in country music, 2000s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events Top hits of the year Number one hits (As certified by Billboard magazine) 1 – No. ... Lets Be Us Again is the sixth studio album released by American country music band Lonestar. ... See also: 2004 in country music, 2005 in music, other events of 2005, 2006 in country music and the List of years in Country Music // April 30 - Billboard magazine renames the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart Hot Country Songs. ... Coming Home is the seventh studio album released by American country music band Lonestar. ... // January 14 – With the song, She Let Herself Go, George Strait scores his 40th No. ... Mountains is the eighth studio album released by American country music band Lonestar. ...

Singles

Year Title Chart Positions Album
US Country US Hot 100
1995 "Tequila Talkin'" 8 Lonestar
1996 "No News" 1 122
"Runnin' Away With My Heart" 8
"Heartbroke Every Day" 18
"When Cowboys Didn't Dance" 45
1997 "Come Cryin' to Me" 1 Crazy Nights
"You Walked In" 12 93
1998 "Say When" 13
"Everything's Changed" 2 95
1999 "All My Love for Christmas"A 61
"Saturday Night" 47 Lonely Grill
"Amazed"B 1 24
"Smile" 1 39
2000 "Amazed" (re-release)B 1
"What About Now" 1 30
"Tell Her" 1 30
"Winter Wonderland"A 72 This Christmas Time
"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"A 71
"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"A 67
"The Little Drummer Boy"A 46
2001 "I'm Already There" 1 24 I'm Already There
"With Me" 10 63
"Unusually Unusual" 12 66
2002 "Not A Day Goes By" 3 36
2003 "My Front Porch Looking In" 1 23 From There to Here: Greatest Hits
"Walking in Memphis" 8 61
2004 "Let's Be Us Again" 4 38 Let's Be Us Again
"Somebody's Someone"A 53
"Mr. Mom" 1 33
2005 "Class Reunion (That Used To Be Us)" 16 97
"You're Like Comin' Home" 8 63 Coming Home
2006 "I'll Die Tryin'" 43
"Mountains"C 10 75 Mountains
2007 "Nothing To Prove" 51
  • AAlbum cut, charted from unsolicited airplay.
  • BThe country version of "Amazed" peaked at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100. A remixed pop version, released in 2000, peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #2 on Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks.
  • C"Mountains" also peaked at #100 on US Pop 100.

Hot Country Songs is a chart released weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... See also: 1994 in country music, 1995 in music, other events of 1995, 1996 in country music, 1990s in music and the List of years in Country Music // (as certified by Billboard magazine) 1 - No. ... See also: 1995 in country music, 1996 in music, other events of 1996, 1997 in country music, 1990s in music and the List of years in Country Music // June 28 - First annual Country Stampede Music Festival begins October 6 – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are married, and quickly become country... See also: 1996 in country music, 1997 in music, other events of 1997, 1998 in country music, 1990s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events July 12 – The song, Its Your Love by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill becomes the first song in 20 years... Come Cryin To Me is a single by country music group Lonestar that reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. ... See also: 1997 in country music, 1998 in music, other events of 1998, 1999 in country music, 1990s in music and the List of years in Country Music // January 10 – Retro Country USA, a weekly two-hour syndicated radio program spotlighting major country hits of the 1980s (along with some... See also: 1998 in country music, 1999 in music, other events of 1999, 2000 in country music, 1990s in music and the List of years in Country Music // March 6 – Legendary performer George Jones, in the midst of a comeback this year, is seriously injured when he crashed his Lexus... Amazed is a country music ballad recorded by Lonestar, released as a single from the bands album Lonely Grill. ... Smile is a single by country music band Lonestar that reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. ... See also: 1999 in country music, 2000 in music, other events of 2000, 2001 in country music, 2000s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events Top Hits of the Year No. ... Amazed is a country music ballad recorded by Lonestar, released as a single from the bands album Lonely Grill. ... Winter Wonderland is a pop standard written in 1934 by Felix Bernard (composer) and Richard B. Smith (lyricist). ... Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is a Christmas song written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane [during an interview with Hugh Martin on NPR on 12/21/06, he said Ralph Blane encouraged him to continue to write the song, but really did not have anything more to do... Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (sometimes with Coming changed to Comin) is a Christmas song. ... Little Drummer Boy is a Christmas song from 1958 (words and music by Katherine K. Davis, Henry Onorati and Harry Simeone). ... See also: 2000 in country music, 2001 in music, other events of 2001, 2002 in country music, 2000s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events Top hits of the year Number one hits (As certified by Billboard magazine) 1 - No. ... See also: 2001 in country music, 2002 in music, other events of 2002, 2003 in country music, 2000s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events November – Shania Twain returned with her fourth album, Up!. It opened at No. ... See also: 2002 in country music, 2003 in music, other events of 2003, 2004 in country music and the List of years in Country Music // March 10 – During a concert in London, England, Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines said that the band was ashamed the President of the United... My Front Porch Looking In is a single by American country music group Lonestar that reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. ... Walking in Memphis is the signature song of American singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, from his self-titled 1991 album Marc Cohn. ... See also: 2003 in country music, 2004 in music, other events of 2004, 2005 in country music, 2000s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events Top hits of the year Number one hits (As certified by Billboard magazine) 1 – No. ... Mr. ... See also: 2004 in country music, 2005 in music, other events of 2005, 2006 in country music and the List of years in Country Music // April 30 - Billboard magazine renames the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart Hot Country Songs. ... Youre Like Comin Home is a song by country music band Lonestar. ... // January 14 – With the song, She Let Herself Go, George Strait scores his 40th No. ... See also: 2006 in country music, 2007 in music, other events of 2007, 2008 in country music and the List of years in Country Music // February 11 - It was a big night for country music artists at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, as they swept the awards... The Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart (formerly known as Adult Contemporary Singles and only Adult Contemporary) lists the most popular songs weekly calculated by airplay and occasionally sales. ... The Pop 100 Chart is a newly created chart featured on Billboard in America. ...

References

Stephen Thomas Erlewine is a music journalist and the Senior Editor for All Music Guide. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 218th day of the year (219th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 218th day of the year (219th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Country Weekly is a bi-weekly (once every two weeks) American magazine devoted to country music. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 254th day of the year (255th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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