Lonestar brings No. 1 double-digit country hit album ’10 to 1′ to Hollywood Casino

Lonestar’s new album “10 to 1” features 10 country hits that landed at No. 1 and will headline their April 15 show at the Charles Town Races in West Virginia.

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WTOP’s Jason Fraley Presents Lonestar at Hollywood Casino (Part 1)

Their new album “10 to 1” contains 10 country hits that have risen to number one.

On April 15, Lonestar plays Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia.

“We were lucky to have ten No. 1 songs, so what we did is [compile them], we never had all of our ten No. 1 songs in one place,” founding keyboardist and vocalist Dean Sams told WTOP. “To take it a step further, we’ve re-recorded those hits and put a new spin on them. … This is by far the best show we’ve ever put out on tour.

Sams formed the band in 1992 with Richie McDonald (lead vocals), Keech Rainwater (drums), Michael Britt (lead guitar) and John Rich (bass), who later formed Big & Rich.

“I’m from Garland, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, and had moved to Nashville as a solo artist, but it didn’t take very long to realize…that I’m not good enough,” Sams said. “I thought I had another way, I’m just going to start a band. … I’ll find great singers and other great players and I’ll put together a band. Lonestar is a direct result.

Their self-titled debut album “Lonestar” (1996) included their first No. 1 hit, “No News”.

“It’s kind of a sad song in the sense that the guy is dumped by his girlfriend and he doesn’t know why,” Sams said. “He’s sitting around thinking she’s coming back. “I haven’t heard anything yet, but I’m sure some different things happened like she went off the rails,” he offers up all these scenarios that couldn’t be further from why she didn’t come back.

Their second album “Crazy Nights” (1997) included two more No. 1 hits, “Come Cryin’ to Me” and “Everything’s Changed”, while their third album “Lonely Grill” (1999) delivered their career song, ” Amazed” (1999), ranked as one of CMT’s Top 100 Country Songs of All Time.

“Love in general is the universal thing we’re all looking for,” Sams said. “We’re all looking for love…and ‘Amazed’ says it so well, how someone feels when they’re truly in love with someone else….It’s just such a universal song, it says it so well, it has a beautiful melody, a beautiful harmony and the lyrics are perfect. I think that’s why he did what he did.

The album also included three more No. 1 hits with “Smile”, “Tell Her” and “What About Now” (2000), an adventurous love song about spontaneous life and love.

“Lyrically, finding a cool way to say something: ‘The sign in the window said, ‘To sell or trade’, on the last dinosaur made in Detroit, $700, that was a hell of a deal for a powerhouse. of 400 horsepower. jukebox on wheels, “the lyrics are so good,” Sams said. “It’s a song about being spontaneous, being with the one you care about, living life and having fun.”

Their fourth album “I’m Already There” (2001) delivered an iconic title track, which was written before 9/11 but quickly took on new meaning for military service members.

“The song was written from the perspective of us on the road…we missed a lot of birthdays and first days of school,” Sams said. “9/11 happened around the time that song was beginning to prove itself and it really took on new meaning with the military. Diane Sawyer introduced ‘I’m Already There’ as the anthem no official of soldiers and their families.

Their “Greatest Hits” (2003) included a new #1 release “My Front Porch Looking In”.

“You start saying ‘What’s next?’ instead of just stopping, turning around and looking at what’s really important, what’s in your hands, what is and should be most important, who are the people you care about most,” said Sams said, “That’s not to say you can’t look to the future and improve, but be sure to keep an eye on the prize: family.”

Their 10th and final No. 1 hit came with “Mr. Mom” (2004), recounting a stay-at-home dad realizing, “Pampers melt in a Maytag dryer, crayons rise from a higher drawer.

“Anyone looking after children, I don’t care if it’s a boy or a girl, it’s hard work,” Sams said. “I don’t think you realize that until you’re in charge 24/7, so from our perspective, that was the ultimate praise to moms for all the hard work. hard they do and the ultimate kick to guys. Like, ‘I’m stupid, I thought this was easy and it’s not.'”

In addition to their #1 hits, the band also has many other great songs including ‘You Walked In’, ‘With Me’, ‘Not a Day Goes By’, ‘Unously Unusual’, ‘Let’s Be Us Again’ , “”Class Reunion (Who Was Us)”, “You’re Like Coming Home”, and “Mountains”.

What’s her favorite song that didn’t quite reach number 1?

“We re-recorded Mark Cohn’s ‘Walking Memphis’,” Sams said. “We hooked up quickly with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and we would be doing benefits. … We’re in this hospital room getting settled in, doing some sound checks and we just started playing this. …Next thing you know, we do it without rehearsal. The head of promotion… said, ‘God, y’all should tape this!’ »

In 2021 lead singer McDonald left to form the Frontmen of Country trio with Tim Rushlow of Little Texas and Larry Stewart of Restless Heart. He was replaced by Sons of the Desert’s Drew Womack, who sang in the background on Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance”.

Regardless of lineup, Lonestar is still going strong after all these years.

“We were so lucky to have so many different songs that touched people and hit them for different reasons at different times,” Sams said. “We never took it for granted that the fans still show up to the shows every day, singing the words, on their feet, energetic and thrilled to see us. We’re 30 years into this deal, so that’s pretty exciting.

WTOP’s Jason Fraley Presents Lonestar at Hollywood Casino (Part 2)

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