The Alberta Bair Theater presents the multi-award-winning country music group Lonestar on Saturday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. have evolved as musicians over the years through thousands of live performances.
On this latest album, TEN to 1, the band members were keen to strike a balance between preserving sonic elements that fans are familiar with and not repeating them. “It was a high-flying number trying to figure out how to change it up a bit and not bother people too much,” said lead guitarist Michael Britt. “I’ve seen bands that when they make the big hits that I know, and they change too much, I’m disappointed. I think people want to sing along to them – the vocal melody is what people s ‘really hook up the majority of the time.”
From their early “No News” hits “Come Cryin’ To Me” and “Everything’s Changed” to their No. 1 power ballad “Amazed” and new hits “What About Now”, “Mr. Mom” and ” I’ I’m already here,” Lonestar approached these songs with fresh ears from both a musical and studio standpoint.
“We’ve all played these songs so much live that we’ve transformed them over the years and play them a little differently,” says Dean Sams, who plays keyboards, acoustic guitar and background vocals. “Re-recording them was about taking all the different things we did and leveraging them in the best direction for today.
Drew Womack, who joined the band in 2021 as lead vocalist, put his own soulful spin on the songs. No stranger to chart success, Womack co-wrote Kenny Chesney“She’s Got It All”, the first No. 1 hit from “She’s Got It All”. His former band Sons of the Desert has opened for Lonestar on several occasions, so the band’s current lineup feels right.
“It’s a great feeling when one of your good friends is now one of your bandmates,” says drummer Keech Rainwater. “And it shows on stage when we play. It shows in the music, in the attitude and the stage presence.”
Lonestar has won numerous industry accolades including the Academy of Country Music Award for New Vocal Group in 1996, Single and Song of the Year in 2000, and Humanitarian of the Year in 2002 Lonestar has sold over 10.5 million records. And the most recent step: the group celebrates its 30th anniversary and the release of TEN to 1.
Tickets, starting at $35 + non-refundable fees, go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11 at the ABT box office at 2801 Third Ave N; by phone at 406-256-6052; and on the ABT website at albertabairtheatre.org. Additional non-refundable processing fees apply to telephone and web sales.