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  • Lonestar at Whiskey Tango tonight

  • Whiskey Tango in Grain Valley will host one of country’s most successful bands Friday. Lonestar is celebrating 20 years of making music in 2013 with their new release, “Life As We Know It,” and they are making a quick run to Kansas City before heading back to Nashville to finish up CMA Fest Week.

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  • Whiskey Tango in Grain Valley will host one of country’s most successful bands Friday. Lonestar is celebrating 20 years of making music in 2013 with their new release, “Life As We Know It,” and they are making a quick run to Kansas City before heading back to Nashville to finish up CMA Fest Week.
    As one of the hardest working group of artists in any genre, Lonestar has brought their fans consistent entertainment over those years, individually and collectively.
    The band is composed of lead singer, Richie McDonald; keyboardist, Dean Sams; lead guitarist, Michael Britt and drummer, Keech Rainwater. These four members started together 20 years ago, and are together again – all on the same stage again literally and figuratively.
    Dean summed up why they are back together with, “For us it’s always been about the music.”
    That’s their common denominator.
    Richie laid it down with a heartfelt, “We are better together than we ever were apart.”
    Lonestar has weathered changes and challenges, and they are in a sweeter spot because of those things.
    Usually you never know from one show to a next what to expect. Lonestar's shows offer a different twist  every time.
    I feel privileged and lucky to have some history with this band. During the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville in March of 1996 I ran into them while covering the event. Later that month I met the band at Cactus Moon (which was then in Independence Center). They were three years into their journey and experiencing the first success. John Rich was still with the band and their hit, “No News,” was poised to hit number one in April.
    In fall of that year they played No Place, which was in the current location of Whiskey Tango. Songs like “Tequila Talkin,”  “No News,” and “Runnin’ Away with My Heart” were singles from that first CD, the self-titled “Lonestar” and made up the set list along a fan favorite from the CD, “When Cowboys Didn’t Dance.”
     
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