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Tuesday, 3 November, 2009 1:47 PM

Richie McDonald performs at The Whiting; releases new Christmas album

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Richie McDonald performed at The Whiting Auditorium in Flint, Mich.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

FLINT, Mich. -- Many people know Richie McDonald as the former lead singer of Lonestar. He left the group in 2007 to continue as a solo artist. I met up with the singer after his performance at the Whiting Auditorium in Flint on Oct. 29.

“With Lonestar, we were regulars up here,” McDonald said. “The great thing about Flint and this area in Michigan is there is a huge country fan base. So just really, really loyal fan base.”

McDonald made the decision to leave the group two years ago after releasing seven studio albums with Keech, Dean and Michael.

“I just wanted to slow down a little bit, spend more time with my family, watch my children grow up, and just take a break and do things at my own pace. I made a lot of memories, music with Michael, Dean and Keech and I do miss them. This is just another chapter in my life.”

The country singer has also co-written songs of Billy Dean, Clay Walker and The Wilkinsons. Which do you enjoy more – writing or performing?

“I love both – but I think it all starts with a song. I think writing is a little above performing but it does start with a song. They work hand in hand. Once you write a song, then you get to go out and perform it.”

McDonald is working on a new studio album called, Slow Down. It is expected to include 12 songs.

“Absolutely, hopefully it will be out the first of the year.”

McDonald just finished up a Christmas album that is now in stores.

“Actually, we don’t have a single right now in country radio. We actually have a Christmas CD that’s coming out right now called, If Everyday Could Be Christmas. We’ll start to work a single off that to promote the CD.”

The country singer has been touring with Tracy Lawrence and Tracy Byrd as the Country Rat Pack. They’ve been playing shows all over the country.

“It’s a blast, these guys are fun. You never know what to expect out there night after night. I really enjoy doing the shows with them. They’re good guys.”

Look for Richie McDonald’s Christmas album in stores now!

 

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Tracy Byrd, Tracy Lawrence and Richie McDonald performed at The Whiting on Oct. 29, 2009.

 

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Richie McDonald said he took Southwest Airlines to the venue and he sang on the entire plane ride over.

 

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Richie McDonald was born on February 6, 1962 in Lubbock, Texas.

 

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The three country artist signed autographs for their fans.

 

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