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July 5th



Richie McDonald – lead vocals, piano
Michael Britt – lead guitar, backing vocals
Keech Rainwater – drums
Dean Sams – keyboards, acoustic guitar, backing vocals

It’s just a small warehouse space, hidden by a nondescript exterior somewhere in Nashville. Inside you’ll

It’s just a small warehouse space, hidden by a nondescript exterior somewhere in Nashville. Inside you’ll see mismatched chairs and rugs scattered around the cement floor. Little lights string across the high, black ceiling. A giant Texas flag covers much of one wall. A pool table, a dartboard, a basketball arcade hoop ...

This is The Band Cave, home away from home for all four members of Lonestar. For more than 20 years they’ve logged countless miles touring throughout the world, released several Platinum-selling albums and ten No. 1 singles, earned ACM and CMA awards and inspired rave reviews as far away as London, where The Guardian proclaimed them exemplars of “country’s greatest strength: picture-painting, story-based, tear-your-heart-out lyrics that are the most direct and lucid in popular music.”

Yet all roads lead back to The Band Cave, where lead singer/guitarist Richie McDonald, lead guitarist/singer Michael Britt, keyboardist/guitarist/singer Dean Sams and drummer Keech Rainwater wrote and rehearsed songs for their tenth album, Never Enders, each one crafted impeccably yet as raw and soulful as all four members’ Texas honky-tonk roots.

But the real story here is the band itself. More than 20 years after they began their journey, they inspire reviews that are somehow raves and warm congratulations at the same time. (Example: One recent performance motivated examiner.com to thank them for “a top-notch concert” and “a night of country music to remember.”) Most important, the Lonestar saga continues with a new generation inheriting the love for the group passed down from its original fans. Richie chuckles and shares a story with Dean, Michael and Keech. “A few weeks ago, this little boy, 8 years old, came up to me and asks, ‘Do you sing that song “Amazed”?’ I said, ‘I do.” He said, ‘Well, that’s why I’m here.’ I said, ‘Oh, you came to hear that song?’ He goes, ‘No, my mom and dad got married to that song and then they had me. That’s why I’m here.’”

The laughter confirms the key to Lonestar’s magic: In the love that binds them to their fans, in the music that makes them as fresh and vital as any other band in county music, they are and will always be true believers ... truth seekers... story tellers ... Never Enders.

Known for merging their country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals, Lonestar, comprised of Richie McDonald (lead vocals), Michael Britt (lead guitar & backing vocals), Keech Rainwater (drums), and Dean Sams (keyboards & backing vocals), has amassed RIAA-certified sales in excess of ten million album units since their national launch in 1995, and achieved ten #1 country hits including "No News," "Come Crying To Me," and their crossover smash "Amazed" (which was also #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the first record since 1983's "Islands in the Stream", to top both charts). The band's awards include a 1999 ACM Single of The Year for "Amazed" (the song also won the Song of the Year award), and the 2001 CMA Vocal Group of the Year. With over a 100 dates worldwide per year, they are celebrating over 20 years together. Lonestar's highly anticipated CD, Never Enders, features ten new original Lonestar songs that bring the band's trademark sound into the contemporary arena.



July 4th



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The Georgia Satellites 

The Georgia Satellites are a Southern rock band from Atlanta, Georgia. They are best known for their 1986 #2 single "Keep Your Hands to Yourself".

 

At a time when rock & roll didn't care about its roots, the Georgia Satellites came crashing into the charts with a surprise hit single to remind everybody where the music had come from. The hit single, 1986's "Keep Your Hands to Yourself," rocked as hard as an old Chuck Berry song, as well as being almost as clever. The Satellites weren't a back-to-basics roots rock band, either -- their straightforward sound borrowed equally from Berrythe Rolling Stonesthe FacesLittle Feat, and AC/DC, with a Southern backwoods bent. At their best, the Satellites were just a damn good rock & roll band, driven by the classic yet fresh songwriting of lead singer/guitarist Dan Baird. On the strength of "Keep Your Hands to Yourself," their first major-label album sold well, but the follow-up, Open All Night, did not; radio and MTV had treated the band as a kind of novelty -- a bunch of hicks kicking out rock & roll offered a break between the slick pop-metal of Bon Jovi and the introspective pop of Peter Gabriel. By the time they released Open All Night in 1988, no one was interested, even if the album was only slightly weaker than the debut. After one more album, 1989's In the Land of Salvation and Sin, the band called it quits. Guitarist Rick Richards joined Izzy Stradlin's Ju Ju Hounds three years later; Baird pursued a solo career and had a small hit in late 1992 with "I Love You Period." In 1996, he helped form the Yayhoos after releasing his second solo album. The Yayhoos have two albums, the most recent being 2006's Put the Hammer Down. During the mid-'90s, the Georgia Satellites reunited without Baird. They released Shaken Not Stirred in 1997.



July 6th


HIGH COUNTRY COWBOYS

Remembering the good old days of Western Music and the Silver Screen Cowboys like Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and the Sons of the Pioneers, the High Country Cowboys present to you, their brand of this Classic Genre! Born and raised in Montana, the three brothers John, Joe and Marty were brought up in the heart of ranch country where the roads are all dirt, and the cows still out number the people! They grew up watching the old B-western films on VHS which instilled in them their love for the west and of course cowboy music. Since their beginning in 2014, they have been recognized by different associations across the country. Their lead singer Marty has been awarded as Western Music Associations 'Yodeler of the Year' 3 times and once with the Pro Cowboy Country Artist Association. The PCCAA Also awarded the group as "Music Group of the Year" in 2017. They also received "Best Traditional Album of the Year" with the WMA IN 2017. Their traditional sound and three part western harmony has been compared to the Sons of the Pioneers and Marty Robbins.ntry. Their lead singer Marty has been awarded as Western Music Associations 'Yodeler of the Year' 3 times and once with the Pro Cowboy Country Artist Association. The PCCAA Also awarded the group as "Music Group of the Year" in 2017. They also received "Best Traditional Album of the Year" with the WMA IN 2017. Their traditional sound and three part western harmony has been compared to the Sons of the Pioneers and Marty Robbins.





Lonnie Bell
Bell was inducted into Country Radio Broadcasters Disc Jockey Hall of Fame in 2005. He is credited for discovering Loretta Lynn, and has personally known many of the earliest and biggest names in country music.

Now in his late 80s, Bell still has a weekly "Classic Country" program on KGHL Radio

Among the stars whose lives and careers would cross with Lonnie Bell was Charlie Pride, who at one time lived and entertained throughout Montana.



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