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LONESTAR's 'Life As We Know It' to Be Released 6/4
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Multi-platinum and award-winning country quartet LONESTAR has announced that their new album, LIFE AS WE KNOW IT, will be released Tuesday, June 4 via the band's own 4 Star Records, in partnership with The Orchard. LIFE AS WE KNOW IT marks the first full-length album release for LONESTAR in over three years and the first since the much-anticipated return of revered original vocalist RICHIE McDONALD.
The album's second single"Maybe Someday" is currently spinning nationwide at country radio. The soaring and plaintive breakup song--written by the group's McDONALD and DEAN SAMS along with songwriters Frank Myers and Billy Montana--is available for purchase now on iTunes. The "Maybe Someday" video has been officially added to CMT.com CMT Pure and CMT Mobile. (see it here: http://www.cmt.com/videos/lonestar/899152/maybe-someday.jhtml) and the band speaks at length about the writing of the song in this newly released clip: http://youtu.be/EQaR3oOzL18. Recently shot in Nashville, the "Maybe Someday" video features the return of Sunny Mabrey ("Mad Men," "Desperate Housewives," "CSI: Miami"), the actress from the video for their massive hit"Amazed" (which can be seen here).
Known both for their strong country roots as well as their multi-genre crossover appeal that's led to a history of success on the pop/rock charts, multi-platinum-selling LONESTAR has only their own career records to break. The band has RIAA-certified sales in excess of 10 million album units since their national launch in 1995. According to Billboard, "Lonestar's chart history boasts 18 Top 10 songs, which includes three Top 5 peaks, and nine No. 1's." (8/9/12)
2012 also marked a big year personally and professionally for LONESTAR--MICHAEL BRITT, lead guitar & backing vocals; RICHIE McDONALD, lead vocals & piano; KEECH RAINWATER, drums; andDEAN SAMS, keyboards and backing vocals--as they celebrated their 20th anniversary as a band and the return of McDONALD.
McDONALD is excited to be back with his friends and the upcoming release of LIFE AS WE KNOW IT, recently telling Digitaljournal.com they had full control of the album: "I think what's different about this one is that we got to produce it, so we had a little more creative control. We actually wrote nine of the twelve songs, so we really feel--for the first time in our careers--that this is really us more than ever." As for re-joining the group, McDONALD says, "It's been awesome. When we got back together, we all said that were gonna enjoy this time and I think in years past we kind of took it for granted and didn't really enjoy the moment. For us, we feel like there's no pressure. We just want to enjoy making music, enjoy being together, enjoy playing, performing live and entertaining our fans...and that's really what it's all about for us."
On the touring front, LONESTAR is looking forward to making their debut at Stagecoach: California's Country Music Festival Sunday, April 28 where they'll share the stage with the likes of Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, Thompson Square and others. A major nationwide tour is also in the works and dates will be announced soon.