Today in Country Music, April 13. Featuring Lonestar.
Today in Country Music April 13
On this day in 2011, Brad Paisley told People magazine that he was passing on his sense of humor to his son Huck… he said, "I taught my son to say, 'that's what she said.' it brings the house down! My wife thinks it's both hilarious and horrifying"
Today in 2004, Gretchen Wilson's "Redneck Woman" became the fastest debut song to hit the top 10 in the history of Radio & Records
Lee Ann Womack's album I Hope You Dance was certified double platinum in 2001
And on this day in 1996, Lonestar scored their very first #1 single with "No News"
No News was released in January 1996 as the second single from their debut album, Lonestar. "No News" reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in April 1996, giving the group its first number-one single. It was written by Phil Barnhart, Sam Hogin, and Mark D. Sanders.
Lonestar members were Richie McDonald (lead vocals), Michael Britt (lead guitar, background vocals), Keech Rainwater (drums), Dean Sams (keyboards, melodica, background vocals), and Robby Wilson (Bass Guitar). McDonald left the band in November 2007 for a solo career before returning in 2011. During that time, Cody Collins, who had formerly been in another country group called McAlyster, replaced McDonald as the band's lead vocalist. John Rich was also the group's bass guitarist and second lead vocalist until 1998, when he was fired from the group. He left for a solo career, before joining Big Kenny in the duo Big & Rich in 2003. Since Rich's departure, Lonestar has not had an official bass guitarist.
Lonestar first charted in late 1995 with the single "Tequila Talkin'," the first of 27 singles on the country charts. Nine of the band's singles have reached Number One on this chart. Perhaps their well-known and biggest hit was 1999's "Amazed", a crossover hit that reached Number One on both the country charts and the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first single to do so since Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton's "Islands in the Stream" in 1983. The group has also recorded eight studio albums and a Greatest Hits compilation. Three of their albums have been certified gold, while three more have been certified platinum or higher. They have sold more than 6.5 million records worldwide.