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1A CountryMusic band who, as their name indicates, hails from Texas. The band initially comprised Richie [=McDonald=] (lead vocals), Keech Rainwater (drums), John Rich (lead and background vocals, bass), Dean Sams (keyboards, background vocals), and Michael Britt (lead guitar, background vocals). Both Rainwater and Britt had previously performed in another band called Canyon. In TheNineties, Lonestar had modest success with their first two albums, including the #1 hits "No News" and "Come Cryin' to Me". Shortly after the second album, Rich was fired (he would go on to become one-half of Music/BigAndRich), and they continued as a quartet, using a road band and session bassist to cover up Rich's absence.˛˛It was their 1999 release "Amazed" that brought them to fame. The song, which spent 8 weeks at #1 on the country charts, also became the first country song to top the ''Billboard'' Hot 100 since "Islands in the Stream" by Music/KennyRogers and Music/DollyParton in 1983. Lonestar's hot streak continued through the corresponding album ''Lonely Grill'' and on through ''I'm Already There'' plus ''From There to Here: Greatest Hits'' and ''Let's Be Us Again'', but their momentum slumped from 2005 onward. Between 2007 and 2011, [=McDonald=] left for a solo career, with Cody Collins (who formerly fronted a short-lived band called [=McAlyster=]) taking over before [=McDonald=] returned.˛˛!Albums:˛* ''Lonestar Live'' (EP) (1994)˛* ''Lonestar'' (1995)˛* ''Crazy Nights'' (1997)˛* ''Lonely Grill'' (1999)˛* ''This Christmas Time'' (2000)˛* ''I'm Already There'' (2001)˛* ''From There to Here: Greatest Hits'' (2003)˛* ''Let's Be Us Again'' (2004)˛* ''Coming Home'' (2005)˛* ''Mountains'' (2006)˛* ''Party Heard Around the World'' (2010)˛* ''Life as We Know It'' (2013)˛* ''Never Enders'' (2016)˛˛!Tropes present:˛* AnimatedMusicVideo: "Mr. Mom".˛* TheBandMinusTheFace: ''Party Heard Around the World'' and ''My Christmas List'' were the only albums they released in the absence of Richie [=McDonald=].˛* BSide: "Tequila Talkin'" and "No News" were released as a double A-side.˛* {{Bowdlerize}}: In "No News", "Joined a cult, Joined the Klan" became "playing guitar with the band".˛* ChristmasSongs: ''This Christmas Time'', which includes eight covers and three original songs. During the Cody Collins era, they released ''My Christmas List'', which was sold only in Cracker Barrel stores.˛* ChronicPetKiller: In the "Mr. Mom" video, the child runs through the yard and passes several pet tombstones. The video provides the page image.˛* ClassReunion: "Class Reunion (That Used to Be Us)" is an observation on the participants at a high school reunion, all of whom look and act so differently from what the narrator remembers.˛* CommonMeter: Outside the "ooh, no news" at the end, the verses of "No News" are common meter double.˛* DriveInTheater: In "Everything's Changed", the narrator laments the many changes in his hometown except for his feelings toward an old fling. The first line of the chorus is: "They put up a plant where we used to park / That old drive-in's a new UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}}".˛* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Their debut album was polished honky-tonk country in the vein of Music/BrooksAndDunn (with whom they shared a producer, Don Cook), while the second was more Music/{{Eagles}}-ish soft rock/country. From their third album (and first without Rich), they went straight to pop-country.˛* FakeShemp: [[ At a December 2006 concert]], Josh Gracin filled in for [=McDonald=], who was recovering from back surgery.˛* HouseHusband: In "Mr. Mom", the husband takes this role while his wife seeks out work, and [[ADayInHerApron the house goes to ruins]].˛* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: "Smile":˛--> I'm gonna smile 'cause I wanna make you happy˛--> Laugh, so you can't see me cry˛--> I'm gonna let you go in style˛--> And even if it kills me, I'm gonna smile˛* InVinoVeritas: In "Tequila Talkin'", the singer spends the entire song trying to convince his ex-girlfriend (and quite possibly himself) that the only reason he told her that he still loved her and wanted her back was because he was drunk.˛-->It was just the tequila talkin'\˛When I told you I'm still not over you\˛I get a little sentimental\˛When I've had one or two\˛And that tear in my eye was the salt and the lime\˛Not the memory of you walking\˛If I said I'm still in love with you\˛It was just the tequila talkin'˛* LeadBassist: John Rich, sometimes. ˛* LeavingYouToFindMyself: "No News" starts off with the woman being dumped stating that she is going on a JourneyToFindOneself, while he instead agonizes over what she must be doing since he hasn't heard from her. The opening verse provides the page quote.˛* LighterAndSofter: From "Amazed" onward, they were noticeably more subdued and reliant on the mushy, family-friendly ballads that were nowhere in sight on their first two discs.˛* ListSong: "No News" starts off listing ways the woman who left him could get in touch with him, and ends up listing bad excuses she could make for why she hasn't.˛* LyricalColdOpen: "Unusually Unusual".˛* MadDreamer: The subject of "Unusually Unusual":˛-->She had a tattoo above her ankle of a trident submarine\˛She said it symbolizes awesome powers hidden deep within our dreams\˛And her diamond eyes, different in color, held me captive in their light\˛And she said "Hey, man did you know we used to be brothers in some past life?" ˛* PowerBallad: "Amazed".˛* RearrangeTheSong: Occasionally:˛** "Everything's Changed" from ''Crazy Nights'' reappeared in acoustic form on ''Lonely Grill''.˛** The pop mix of "Amazed" had a TruckDriversGearChange that wasn't in the original.˛** "Tell Her" was completely re-recorded for the country radio version. The original is a subuded, nearly-acoustic ballad, but the radio edit is a string-drenched PowerBallad which has a key change as well. Despite this, the GreatestHitsAlbum has the album version.˛** "I'm Already There" had two remixes: a heavier-sounding mix for pop radio, and an edit of the album/country radio version called the "Message from Home Version" that spliced in calls placed by family members of soldiers serving overseas (and muted the line "I'll gently kiss your lips / touch you with my fingertips").˛* ShesGotLegs: "You Walked In" has the line "You walked in with legs up to your neck."˛* ShoutOut: Haley & Michaels released a song in 2014 called "Just Another Love Song", which heavily references "Amazed" and features Richie singing its chorus.˛** Several in "No News" in the list of potential excuses: "...on the road with Music/PearlJam, buried with the Music/GratefulDead, came back as a [[Music/JimmyBuffett Parrothead]]." The edited version also has "playing guitar with Music/TheBand."˛* StepUpToTheMicrophone: When John Rich was in the band, he sang lead on several album tracks, but "Heartbroke Every Day" was the only single that had him on the lead. (Coincidentally or otherwise, its chart run overlapped with Richie's guest appearance on then-labelmate Mindy [=McCready=]'s "Maybe He'll Notice Her Now".)˛* UnPerson: Outside his co-writing credit on "Come Cryin' to Me", the 2003 GreatestHitsAlbum gives no implication that Rich was ever in the band.˛* VocalEvolution: Not unlike Music/RascalFlatts frontman Gary [=LeVox=] seven years later, Richie [=McDonald=] became increasingly theatrical and whiny over the years. Coincidentally, both men were brought to their histrionic levels by way of producer Dann Huff.˛** John Rich became a lot more breathy and less nasal after he left Lonestar, too.˛* WhenYouComingHomeDad: "I'm Already There":˛-->A little voice came on the phone\˛Said "Daddy, when you coming home?"\˛He said the first thing that came to his mind\˛"I'm already there\˛Take a look around…"\


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