In little over a decade Lonestar has firmly established their presence in the country music industry. Best known for their passionate slow ballads and contemporary country rock, the quartet has been showered with accolades.
Lonestar, featuring lead vocalist Richie McDonald, guitarist Michael Britt, keyboardist Dean Sams, and drummer Keech Rainwater will perform at the L.A. County Fair’s End of Summer Concert Series at 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 12. The performance is presented by LG. The concert will take place at the Los Angeles Newspaper Group Grandstand Stage. The Fair runs Sept. 10-26.
Formed in 1992 in Nashville, Lonestar spent their first few years on grueling touring schedules, many times playing multiple gigs in a single night. By 1995 the hard work paid off. They had their first major single, “Tequila Talkin’,” and their self-titled debut album followed shortly after. The following year Lonestar was honored with the Top New Vocal Group award from the Academy of Country Music.
It was not until 1999 that Lonestar experienced commercial success with the album Lonely Grill. The album went triple platinum and was followed by I’m Already There, two years later, which went double platinum.
The endearing quality of Lonestar’s music is found in their ability to highlight the most precious aspects of daily life. “My Front Porch Looking In,” Billboard’s most played country song in 2003, illustrates a father’s admiration for his spouse and children. The hit single “I’m Already There,” was on the top of country charts for six weeks, and was inspired by a phone conversation that lead singer McDonald had with his son. Lonestar has had numerous other hit singles, most notably “Amazed,” which was No.1 for eight weeks on Billboard.
Lonestar has continued their success with the 2004 release of Lets Be Us Again. The album is a testament to the strength and versatility of Lonestar’s songwriting. Nearly every song on the album was written or co-written by a member of the band. Lonestar is poised to add a few more awards to an already impressive list of honors.
General admission to see Lonestar in concert at the 2004 Fair is free with regular Fair admission; however, special reserved seating is available for purchase for $19.50. Stageside seating is available for $50. Tickets may be purchased for the End of Summer Concert Series at the Fairplex credentials office, 1101 W. McKinley Avenue, Ticketmaster locations, at www.lacountyfair.com and at www.ticketmaster.com. For additional information about the Fair call (909) 623-3111.