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Friday, 5 March, 2010 0:14 AM

Lonestar to release new album, Party Heard Around the World, on April 27

Photo credit: Lonestar's official MySpace page

Lonestar

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Country group Lonestar is known for selling over 10 million albums and having ten number one singles on the country charts and nine Top 40 songs on the pop charts. The band will release their 10th album, Party Heard Around the World, on April 27. The group became popular with the hits "No News," "Amazed," "Smile," "What About Now" and "Tell Her." The group has a new record deal with Saguaro Road Records.

Cody Collins joined Lonestar in 2007, so this will be the first album with him singing the vocals after Richie McDonald left to pursue a solo career.

"Oh man, I was pretty excited," Collins said about the phone call that he would be joining the group. "I honestly didn't believe it at first. I thought it was a prank call. A couple of my buddies were pulling a prank on me. It turned out to be true. I was pretty excited."

He is the youngest member of Lonestar because the group was formed in 1992.

"I was pretty young, I'm not going to say the number," the lead singer admitted. "I've been a fan of the group for a long time. It doesn't bother me being the youngest member. We pretty much do all the same stuff. I'm done with college. We get along pretty well. We have a great time on the road. Everything's formed together real nice. It's been really fun. You don't notice a change when you're hanging out with us all together."

Lonestar has had many number one hits including "Mr. Mom," "My Front Porch Looking In" and "I'm Already There" among many others. Which is his favorite to perform?

"'Everything's Changed' is probably one of my favorites," Collins said. "'What About Now,' 'Walking in Memphis' is always a fun one. 'Amazed' was a lot of fun. I have been singing that for quite a while. It's nice to change up the show and cover all of the hits because there is a lot of them."

Can you give me some highlights of the new album, Party Heard Around the World?

"It's a lot of fun, it's going to be a rockin' album," he said. "We've got quite a few uptempto songs. Party Heard Around the World pretty much says it all. That's what we're going to do this year. We've got some really good slow songs in there. We're going to start off with 'You're the Reason Why' the first next single off of the album. It's going to have something for everybody."

The release date of the album was originally scheduled for March 30, but it was pushed back a few weeks to April 27.

"We had a few opportunities on the table as far as recording some of the older hits, like 'Amazed,' 'What About Now,' 'Tell Her,'" the lead singer responded. "We decided that we were just re-record some of those acoustically and put a package deal together. In select locations, we're going to sell the acoustic CD with the album."

How would you say the new record different from the group's previous albums?

"Well, it's got me on it," Collins laughed. "That's exponentially fun for me, being the first record other than the Christmas album that I will be with these guys. It's really fun. The band co-wrote the album together. We sat down and worked all these songs out. We put our hearts and soul into it. It feels more like a band for the rest of the guys in it. It's been the most fun experience I've ever had."

What's the story behind the single "Let Me Love You"?

"Well, I didn't write the song, but it's basically a love song," he said. "It's a guy asking a girl to open up your heart to me. Basically, let me in. A lot of girls don't want to do that these days. They think we're all douche bags. It's nice for a girl to open up to somebody and let somebody in."

Can you tell me a little about your new single "You're The Reason Why"?

"We co-wrote that on the bus ride between a weekend show run," the lead singer said. "A funny story about the song: we started writing the song in the back of the bus. Dean, our keyboard player, he's also the relief driver. It was time for him to take over and drive a little bit. We moved up to the front of the bus. Michael had a guitar in the passenger seat and I sat in the middle while Dean drove. Keech, we all just kind of finished the song in the front of the bus. It's a great song. It's another love song, but it's a very powerful ballad, love song."

Lonestar doesn't have any upcoming dates in the Detroit area as of right now, but that may change in the summer.

"I hope so very much," Collins responded. "When we went to Detroit last year for the Hoedown, we had a lot of fun. I'm hoping to go back there very soon."

What was it like performing at Detroit's Downtown Hoedown?

"It was my first time there last year," he said. "It was a lot of fun. The weather was a little rough. It was rainy and a little chilly, it wasn't that bad. The crowd was great. They were real supportive. We did all of the radio interviews. That was a lot of fun. We got to meet a lot of cool people. I kind of hope we go back. I'm thinking we're going to be there. I'm hoping for it. Our schedule is lining up and starting to fill in for the summer time. I'm hoping they will invite us back."

For more information, visit www.lonestarnow.com and check out his new album, Party Heard Around the World, will be in stores April 27!

 

CD cover courtesy of Shaguaro Records

Lonestar's new album, Party Heard Around the World, will be in stores April 27.

 

PHOTO BY PAT BONISH / ©BONISHPHOTO.com

Lonestar performed at the MGM Grand Casino Hotel on Oct. 28, 2008.

 

 

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