|With an impressive record that boasts over 7 million albums sold, 7 #1 singles, 6 major industry awards and the mega-hits "Amazed" and "I'm Already There," Lonestar's first Greatest Hits release is an inspiring collection of fan favorites as well as a brilliant career retrospective. Greatest Hits: From There to Here includes 17 songs: thirteen of their biggest hits, three new tracks including the new hit "MY FRONT PORCH LOOKING IN" and a bonus version of "I'm Already There (Message From Home)".
Song by Song:
1. "TEQUILA TALKIN’" from Lonestar (written by Bill LaBounty/Chris Waters)
This was Lonestar’s first single, and the first time they heard it on the radio they were together in Las Vegas driving down the strip. The hooting and hollering that came out of their car drew quite a bit of attention—even in Vegas.
2. "NO NEWS" from Lonestar (written by Sam Hogin/Phil Barnhart/Mark D. Sanders)
Initially, the members of Lonestar thought this song might have been too off the wall for them. Singing about Dead Heads and Pearl Jam was a little radical for a country band. After going back and forth a bit, they decided to cut the song, and it became their first No. 1 record.
3. "RUNNIN’ AWAY WITH MY HEART" from Lonestar
(written by Michael Britt/Sam Hogin/Mark D. Sanders)
This song is special to Lonestar because it’s their first hit written by a band member, Michael Britt. The other members of the band say this song solidified Michael as a writer, and the song fit the sound and direction they all wanted to go in.
4. "COME CRYIN’ TO ME" from Crazy Nights
(written by John Rich/Wally Wilson/Mark D. Sanders)
At the point in time when Lonestar made this record they still were searching for an identifiable sound. With “Come Cryin’ To Me,” Lonestar began establishing their sound and setting themselves apart from other acts. It also was one of their first “feel good’ songs in a long line of them.
5. "YOU WALKED IN" from Crazy Nights (written by R. J. Lange/Bryan Adams)
The members of the band still chuckle about the video for this song for many reasons: In the video there are women wearing bikinis with cameras on helmets and are filmed rollerblading around the band. A three ring circus for sure. Regardless, the song became a hit and is still an energetic element of their live show today.
6. "EVERTHING’S CHANGED" from Crazy Nights
(written by Richie McDonald/Paul Nelson/Larry Boone)
In Richie McDonald’s first No. 1 song as a writer, he talks about going back to the little town he grew up in and seeing how everything had changed except for his feelings for a special person.
7. "AMAZED" from Lonely Grill (written by Marv Green, Aimee Mayo/Chris Lindsey)
Some of the members of the group say this song was the beginning of their career because it made Lonestar an international phenomenon. Prior to this song, the group feared they were on the brink of losing their record deal. “Amazed” represented a turning point because Lonestar had gone from a five piece band to a four piece band and hired Dann Huff as their producer. The subsequent change in their sound helped this song appeal to a wide array of music listeners.
8. "SMILE" from Lonely Grill (written by Chris Lindsey/Keith Follese)
This song has touched a lot of people, like a little girl named Summer. When Lonestar was in Kansas City for a radio telethon to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Summer and her mother told the members of the group that she had been born with a large, cancerous cyst on her wrist. They traveled from Kansas City to Memphis regularly for treatment at St. Jude, and on the trips, the two always listed to “Smile” because they said it kept them close. Members of the band said it meant the world to them that they found strength in their music.
9. "WHAT ABOUT NOW" from Lonely Grill (written by Anthony Smith/Aaron Baker/Ron Harbin)
This original idea behind this song was for it to be a jingle for Chevy trucks. It didn’t work out that way, so writers Aaron Baker, Ron Harbin and Anthony Smith eventually expanded it to make it a complete song and pitched it to Lonestar. After the song spent four weeks at No. 1, it was later used in regional Toyota commercials.
10. "TELL HER" from Lonely Grill (written by Craig Wiseman/Kwesi B.)
The author of this song, Kwesi B., had no idea it was No. 1 on the charts until he was chatting with Richie McDonald’s sister Cathy Chamberlain when both were taking a computer class in Nashville. When Cathy told Kwesi her brother was in Lonestar, he responded by saying Lonestar had cut one of his songs. But Kwesi, who is from Europe, didn’t know the song had been a hit until Cathy told him.
11. "I’M ALREADY THERE" from I’m Already There
(written by Richie McDonald/Gary Baker/Frank Myers)
The band was performing for 20,000 troops and their families at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville in April when one lady and her three year old approached the members of the band. Lonestar said Shelly Pacorney wanted to let them know what the song meant to her and her late husband Frederick, who had been killed in the war. Shelly told Lonestar that “I’m Already There” kept their hopes alive while they were separated. The members of the group signed an autograph book for three-year old Taylor, writing their names next to signatures of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. Richie McDonald’s message was this: “Taylor, Daddy’s Already There.”
12. "WITH ME" from I’m Already There (written by Brett James/Troy Verges)
Producer Dann Huff was very passionate about this song, but the band wasn’t convinced at first. However, once they started working the song up in the studio, it all came together. The result was a Top 10 hit that became an energetic sing-along concert favorite. Drummer Keech Rainwater directed the song’s video.
13. "NOT A DAY GOES BY" from I’m Already There (written by Steve Diamond/Maribeth Derry) One month to the day after 9/11, Lonestar visited Ground Zero, meeting firefighters, volunteers and victims’ families. There, they heard numerous stories about how this song helped people get through the tragedy, and felt blessed to have been a part of the healing process. Some members of the group believe this is their best song.
14. "I PRAY" from Greatest Hits-From There to Here (written by Chuck Cannon/James Dean Hicks)
Lonestar believes their new song provides a message of hope and faith during trying times, and hopes that it will comfort those in need.
15. "WALKING IN MEMPHIS" from Greatest Hit - From There to Here (written by Marc Cohn)
Richie McDonald liked to fool around with this song, playing it on piano. One day sitting around, the other members of the band starting singing along. Then the group starting singing it in concert, and it has been very well received. They’ve been playing it live for years, and finally decided to record it.
16. "MY FRONT PORCH LOOKING IN" from Greatest Hits- From There to Here
(written by Richie McDonald, Frank Myers, Don Pfrimmer)
Song writers Don Pfrimmer and Frank Myers were visiting Richie McDonald to help round up some horses that had run off and build a new fence. At one point, they gathered on McDonald’s front porch and Frank looked at the magnificent scene that is Richie’s land. “What an incredible view,” he said. Don responded by turning around and looking inside the house and saying, “Yeah, but it’s not like
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Lonestar: Richie, Keech, Dean, Michael.|
|Additional personnel includes: Matt Rollings (keyboards).|
|Producers: Dann Huff, Don Cook, Wally Wilson.|
|"My Front Porch Looking In" was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.|
|Personnel: John Willis (acoustic guitar); Dann Huff, Michael Britt (electric guitar); Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Stuart Duncan (fiddle); Dean Sams (keyboards, background vocals); Matt Rollings, Tim Akers, Jimmy Nichols (keyboards); Paul Leim (drums); Russell Terrell (background vocals).|
|Audio Mixer: Jeff Balding.|
|Recording information: 16th Avenue Sound; Emerald Entertainment Studios; Studio 6, San Francisco, CA; The Tracking room.|
|Photographer: Russ Harrington.|
|In the realm of country music, self-contained groups have never been the most common denizens of the charts, the format being much more sympathetic to solo artists and duos. However, like Alabama, Sawyer Brown, and a handful others, Lonestar has persevered to become one of the most successful acts on the country scene. This disc, a collection of their most popular songs, stands as a monument to that success. It's filled to the brim with tightly arranged, expertly performed tunes that mix country, pop, and rock while maintaining just the right amount of twang. Lonestar's not afraid of a little bar-room boogie, as on "You Walked In," or a bit of post-Eagles country pop ("Everything's Changed"). However, they're also proficient in the power-ballad area, as exemplified on picture-perfect radio bait like "Amazed," "I'm Already There" (which in another era could have been an Air Supply hit), and the previously unreleased, spiritually oriented "I Pray."|
Engineer: David Hall; Jed Hackett; Jeff Balding; Mark Hagen
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|Release Date : 06/03/2003|
|Original Release Date : 2003|
|Catalog ID : 67076|
|Label : RCA|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00078636707624|
The members of Lonestar have no idea how many awards they have been given. At some point along the way each has lost count, which is an indication of how much Lonestar has achieved in seven years, or just what they have come to mean to American music and culture. The members of Lonestar say they feel fortunate and blessed to have received the many accolades, but they are more passionate about making music than they are about being recognized for it.
Here is the highly condensed version:
There is one triple platinum album (“Lonely Grill”), one double platinum (“I’m Already There”), and two golds (“Crazy Nights” and “Lonestar”). There are eight No. 1 singles (“Amazed,” “I’m Already There,” “What About Now,” No News,” “Tell Her,” “Smile,” “Everything’s Changed,” and “Come Cryin’ To Me”), more than one per year. There are four awards from the Academy of Country Music, two from BMI, two Billboard Music Awards and five Grammy nominations. Further testimony to the bond that Lonestar’s music has created with its fans is the fact that users of America Online voted “Amazed” the No. 1 love song of all time. Perhaps that explains why their five albums have racked up more than 7.5 million in cumulative sales.
Many of the best songs on those albums are available in the new release “Greatest Hits--From There to Here.” The album includes 13 previously released songs, including all eight No. 1 hits, and three new songs. One is a cover of “Walking in Memphis,” which Lonestar long has performed only in concerts. A second new song, “I Pray,” is a heartfelt ballad about enduring faith. The third, “My Front Porch Looking In,” is in the tradition of “I’m Already There,” as it showcases the group’s family values.
One of the awards that has been in Lonestar’s collection the longest is one of the most special to them. Lonestar was given the award for Top New Vocal Group by the Academy of Country Music in 1996. The industry’s stamp of approval let the band members know they were on the right path. And after years of watching the awards show from their living rooms, Richie McDonald, Dean Sams, Keech Rainwater and Michael Britt now were a part of it.
That breakthrough was the culmination of five years of singing until their voices went hoarse and playing until their fingers blistered. Over a two-year stretch in 1993 and ’94 Lonestar performed more than 500 shows, traveling across the country in a Jeep Cherokee, hauling a trailer. Since then Lonestar has succeeded on so many levels—commercial, critical, crossover, charitable and even personal.
Now the members of Lonestar say they get all the recognition they need every time they play before a live audience. When the applause rolls into a roar that makes their stage shiver, Lonestar knows then that they are winning.
Their unique ability to connect with American audiences has been the signature of Lonestar. “I’m Already There” has become a theme song for men and women in the military and their families. Victims of the 9/11 tragedy found comfort in the haunting “Not a Day Goes By.” Anyone who ever has been led by his or her heart can be mesmerized by “Amazed.”
“Amazed” marked Lonestar’s transition from a “country” band to a group of musicians who appeal to music lovers of all genres. Lonestar still considers themselves a country band first and foremost, but they have become so much more.
With a style that draws from multiple genres, Lonestar has become delightfully unpredictable while maintaining a distinctive sound. Some of their most indelible songs are ballads, but they have shown they can go uptempo with the best of them in works like “What About Now” and “With Me.”
Writing their own music (they have co-authored songs such as “I’m Already There,” “Runnin’ Away With My Heart,” and “My Front Porch Looking In”) has been a highlight for the members of Lonestar. They appreciate nothing more than being able to make a connection from their hearts to fans’ ears.
Last year Lonestar was presented the Fatherhood Award from the National Fatherhood Initiative, and earlier this year they were given the Artist Humanitarian Award from the Country Radio Broadcasters for their work with American Red Cross and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. No award could mean more to Lonestar than those two, even if they believe they are just doing the things they are supposed to do.
There’s no sense counting up those awards just yet, anyway.
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