Richie McDonald is back, and so is Lonestar.
The platinum-selling country band's lead singer is back with the group, which returns to northern Michigan on Sunday at the Southside Festival Grounds.
"It's awesome. It really is," said McDonald, who released two solo albums during his four-year hiatus. "I left the group five years ago to just kind of slow down and spend more time with my family and watch my kids grow up. I guess for kind of selfish reasons. But when we started talking about this "¦ we kind of figured out that we are much better together than we were apart. Sometimes you just have to take some time off to step back and reflect on everything and get your priorities straight."
The group — which produced 18 top-10 country hits from nine albums over the last two decades — has a new album set for release in November.
"This is something we knew that if we were going to come back and make a splash, we knew we'd have to set the bar very high," McDonald said. "We always thought our album 'Lonely Grill' was probably the best record we ever recorded. And we modeled it after that. "¦ It's a roller coaster of emotions. There's some songs that'll make you laugh and there's songs that make you cry. That's what we've always tried to do, is to just reach out and touch people. That's what music is supposed to be about."
"Lonely Grill" spawned four No. 1 country hits after its 1999 release.
The new release coincides with the band's 20-year anniversary. "Life As We Know It" is coming out Nov. 20, accompanied by a DVD titled "Life As We Knew It," consisting of behind-the-scenes footage taken by drummer Keech Rainwater.
"We realize we're not spring chickens anymore," McDonald said. "We're not as young as we used to be. But we're still passionate about what we do. Country music has always been real music and we've had loyal fans follow us for 20 years. As long as they're still coming out for the shows and buying our music, we're going to continue to do this."
The LoCash Cowboys open up the show, which starts at 6:30 p.m.
The Salvation Army will be holding a food drive at the concert, collecting non-perishable items.
Tickets are $30 for general admission ($35 the day of the show) and $45 for VIP.
Platinum-selling country band performs Sunday
Richie McDonald is back, and so is Lonestar.
Community in Brief: 04/23/2014
Students stage "The Wizard of Oz"; Film series closes; Women's History Project discusses memoir; and more.Continued ...
Community in Brief: 04/22/2014
Reading by poet Fleda Brown; TCAPS Day Camp registration; program on smart phone apps; and more.Continued ...
Historical Photo of the Week: 04/21/2014
Historical photo for 04/21/2014: Can you name this woman?Continued ...
Historical photo update for 04/14/2014 image
Historical photo update for the 4/14/14 image: The gentleman is Claire Wilder.Continued ...
News From 100 Years Ago: 04/21/2014
SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT DEBATE was held at the Woman’s Club on Friday.Continued ...
Community in Brief: 04/21/2014
St. Vincent de Paul Spring Fling; program on ancient tree archive; benefit for My Sister's House; and more.Continued ...
- Sunday, April 20, 2014
Botanic Garden prepares to open new Visitor Center
The first daffodils and crocus had yet to poke up their leaves at The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park as volunteer Denise Butterfield passed out logo vests to volunteers at the new Visitor Center.Continued ...
30 years of NMC art students' work in show
Retired college art professor Paul Welch spins in a slow circle, locking eyes with the dozens of memories that surround him.Continued ...
Garret Leiva: 44 is the new 24, right?
Forty-four years ago this week the gift of birth was swiftly followed by a gloved-hand slap across my backside.Continued ...
Best Sellers: 04/20/2014
Best-selling books across northwest Michigan and the nation:Continued ...
‘Book Spine’ poems range from fun to thoughtful
Brilliant Books’ April “Book Spine Poetry” contest calls for entrants to grab some books, arrange each spine and respective title in a creative order to their liking, then snap and email a photo.Continued ...
Books in Brief: 04/20/2014
Author signings; Brownell at Expo.Continued ...
Lifelines: 30 years of poetry lessons still pay off
A high school girl recently told me that she worked so hard on her poem in fourth grade during my writing workshop, she cried.Continued ...
Community in Brief: 04/20/2014
Newcomers Club meeting; antique auto buffs; Lacrosse Club pasta dinner fundraiser; and more.Continued ...
- Saturday, April 19, 2014
Community in Brief 04/19/2014
Advanced care discussion; Leelanau Montesorri Public School Academy open house; Easter dinner in Grayling; and more.Continued ...
- Education News 04/19/2014
TRAVERSE CITY -- Bored with the elliptical trudge? Juggle fire. Circus workouts add zest to a workout regime, spice to an evening and allow people to scratch things like "learn to juggle" or "walk on hands" off their bucket lists. Indulging a circusContinued ...
Body & Soul Newsmakers 04/19/2014
People in the news.Continued ...
Blood Drives 04/19/2014
Where to give blood in the region.Continued ...
Body & Soul in Brief 04/19/2014
Easter vigil service; Parkinson's disease support group; Grand Valley State University advising services; and more.Continued ...
- Friday, April 18, 2014
Arts & Entertainment in Brief 04/18/2014
Fairy Garden fun; environmental documentary; benefit for ISLAND; New Opera Project premiere; and more.Continued ...
Community in Brief 04/18/2014
Gathering for women named Linda; Wings of Wonder program; Small Plates on the Leelanau Wine Trail; and more.Continued ...
Night Life 04/18/2014
Entertainment in the region.Continued ...
- Thursday, April 17, 2014
Mobile food trucks continue to expand lineup
The Little Fleet should consider a name change as they steam toward their second summer in business. Maybe The Armada is more apropos.Continued ...
Foodie with Family: Bring an end to slow cooker mush
Slow-cookers get a bum rap for turning out bland, homogenous, texturally-challenged food. Why do people have this misconception?Continued ...
- Community in Brief: 04/23/2014