Lonestar plays 80-minute show at Little River
MANISTEE — Lonestar played to a sold-out and receptive crowd at the Little River Casino and Resort Saturday night.
Audience members were treated to an 80-minute initial show which featured some of the group’s best-known hits and poignant, sometimes hilarious videos. They kicked off the show with the rousing “What About Now,” and kept the music coming with “Walkin’ In Memphis,” “Tequila Talkin,’” “My Front Porch Looking In,” “Mr. Mom” and “Amazed” among many others.
The band’s blockbuster hit, “I’m Already Gone,” which was written and released shortly after 9/11, featured war video of service men and women, as well as interacting with their families and other loved ones. Before the song was over, the audience was on its feet clapping, whistling and cheering, showing their appreciation for the band’s patriotism and love of country.
Lead singer Richie McDonald told the audience they were honored to go to many war zones and perform for the troops following the release of the single.
The group’s original members — McDonald, Michael Britt, Keech Rainwater and Dean Sams — all have Texas and small town America roots. Their website says that is where the basis of most of their music comes from.
Lonestar loves its fans and has an amazing talent for showing their appreciation and engaging their fans in its shows. The group’s 20-minute encore had audience members at the foot of the stage singing, swaying and lighting their cell phone flashlights. Band members played close to the crowd tossing guitar picks, shaking hands and singing autographs.
Since the band’s nationwide launch in 1995, it has amassed sales in excess of 10 million units and achieved 10 No. 1 country hits. It has also received the American Country Music Single of the Year, and the Country Music Association’s Group of the Year. They maintain a schedule of more than 100 performance dates worldwide. They recently released their newest CD, “Never Enders.”