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.
Historical Photo of the Week: 07/28/2014
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Update on 07/21/2014 historical photo
Historical photo information, provided by readers, for the July 21 image:Continued ...
News From 100 Years Ago: 07/28/2014
Because of complaints lodged with the city commission in regards to the practice of residents in certain sections of the city allowing their chickens to run at large, the police department has been instructed to take steps at once to curb the nuisance.Continued ...
Northern Notes: Sheriff returns boat gone adrift
Bruce Bush, of Frederick, Md., wrote to express his gratitude to the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance in returning his sailboat that made an unscheduled trip during the night of July 17.Continued ...
Film Festival: 10 Seasons and Counting
The future of the Traverse City Film Festival was cemented the moment the curtain rose at the end of the first screening, at least that's how festival co-founder Michael Moore sees it.Continued ...
The cruise of a lifetime
Kathleen Ledezma spent nearly 30 years raising children, running a household, working and attending college while her husband spent up to 11 months at a time away at sea.Continued ...
Marta Hepler Drahos: When fireworks go from awesome to awful
Darkness falls like a curtain beyond our living room windows. The air is cool through the screens by the couch, where we sit holding our breath.Continued ...
Ed Hungness: Music strikes a familiar note
I had the pleasure of attending the Bonnie Raitt concert at Interlochen Center for the Arts. I’m a longtime fan of her music, but it was the first time I had the opportunity to see her perform last month. She didn’t disappoint anyone in a packed Kresge Auditorium.Continued ...
Books in Brief: 07/27/2014
Book signings; Book study group.Continued ...
Best Sellers: 07/27/2014
Best-selling books across northwest Michigan and the nation:Continued ...
- Friday, July 25, 2014
Education Newsmakers: 07/26/2014
Jared Ornelas, of Lake Leelanau, was named to the Dean’s List at Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, for spring semester 2014. (Plus more)Continued ...
New street magazine helps homeless
Randy Parcher has lived in a van with his girlfriend for three years. He helps support the couple by day selling his art work, which he creates at public spaces like the library or coffee house. He burrows down in a pile of blankets at night and relies on body heat to stay warm.Continued ...
Body & Soul in Brief: 07/26/2014
Arcadia Daze luncheon; Grief workshops; Church histories. (Plus more)Continued ...
Blood Drive Calendar: 07/26/2014
Area Blood Drives: American Red Cross - Gaylord, 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m., July 30, F.O.E. Eagles Club, 515 S. Wisconsin Ave. (Plus more)Continued ...
Community in Brief: 07/25/2014
Christmas in July; Artist’s reception; Solar viewing party. (Plus more)Continued ...
- Thursday, July 24, 2014
Arts & Entertainment in Brief: 07/25/2014
Jacoby exhibit; Too Much Light; Leelanau artists' exhibit. (Plus more)Continued ...
Night Life Calendar: 07/25/2014
What's happening after dark:Continued ...
Movie Capsules: 07/25/2014
New this week — And So It Goes: A self-centered realtor enlists the help of his neighbor when he's suddenly left in charge of the granddaughter he never knew existed until his estranged son drops her off at his home. Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and drug elements. (GT9)Continued ...
They're going to Lovett
Six acres of horse park, horse-drawn hayrides and Lyle Lovett, it sounds like a country music match made in heaven.Continued ...
A new place for art
Visitors approaching the Dentolutions offices might mistake the sculpture outside for a giant red, avant garde toothbrush.Continued ...
TCFF's latest free venue is all 'The Buzz'
Harold “Buzz” Wilson was adamant that film should be enjoyed by all and not just those who can afford tickets.Continued ...
- Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Community in Brief: 07/24/2014
40 Years a Ranger; German Club meeting; Grief workshops. (Plus more)Continued ...
From the Farm: Nothing beats summer beets
Someday I will achieve full kitchen domination. There will always be a sweet and a savory compound butter in the freezer (just in case a friend drops in and craves a crepe), always a balanced three course meal partially prepared and ready to be whipped up.Continued ...
Rowe Inn's wine list tops in region
The Rowe Inn was ranked “Best of Award of Excellence” in Wine Spectator’s 2014 Restaurant Wine List Awards — the only restaurant in northern Michigan to earn the award.Continued ...
Chef/caterer feeds masses at equine festival
Matt Friess doesn’t know much about the horse show world. But he knows that the way to many an equestrian’s heart is through a sweet-and-tangy cherry chicken wrap.Continued ...
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