McDonald exits Lonestar to join Frontmen of Country
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McDonald exits Lonestar to join Frontmen of Country

Thursday, March 4, 2021 – Richie McDonald, lead singer of Lonestar, is leaving the band to tour full-time with The Frontmen of Country, which also includes former lead singer of Little Texas, Tim Rushlow, and lead singer of Restless Heart, Larry Stewart.

The trio will also be touring this year.

"I've been with Lonestar for almost 30 years and have enjoyed my time with the guys," said McDonald. "With everything that has happened in the past year, it has made me think about other things I want to do in life. This opportunity with The Frontmen came up, and I've decided to go a new direction. I've always enjoyed performing with Tim and Larry, and I can't wait to see how this new chapter unfolds. I want to thank my band mates Dean, Keech and Michael for a great run. I wish them nothing but the best."

As The Frontmen, the three lead singers have performed together many times through the years.

"The three of us have proudly performed for our country on battleships USS Bush and USS Truman, in the Middle East and even the Presidential Inauguration," said Stewart. "Touring the United States for country music fans coast-to-coast, backed by a world class band, performing hit after hit, will be exciting and something we have never done together. I'm looking forward to hitting the stage with these two great singers."

"We are ecstatic to have this amazing opportunity to bring this show on the road and celebrate the music of three of the biggest bands from the '90s in one night," adds Rushlow. "I don't know that I have ever seen three lead vocalists on a tour like this. There's a common thread that runs through our collective catalog of hits and it will be awesome to sing them all in one concert event."

Tour dates are:

April 16 - Grant, OK - Choctaw Casino Resort

April 17 - Sonora, TX - JL Bar Ranch and Resort
Sept. 18 - Orange Park, FL - Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts
Sept. 25 - Farmington, NM - Farmington Civic Center Theatre
Sept. 27 - Yakima, WA - Central Washington State Fair
Oct. 1 - Flint, MI - The Capitol Theatre
Oct. 2 - Bristol, VA - The Cameo Theater
Oct. 8 - Eau Claire, WI - Pablo Center at the Confluence
Oct. 9 - Springfield, MO - Gillioz Theatre
Oct. 23 - Tracy, CA - Grand Theatre Center for the Arts
Oct. 29 - Buda, TX - Buck's Backyard
Oct. 30 - Hinton, OK - Sugar Creek Casino
Nov. 4 - Whitecap, SK - Dakota Dunes Casino
Nov. 5 - Calgary, AB - The Grey Eagle Event Centre
Nov. 6 - Rama, ON - Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
Nov. 11 - Green Bay, WI - Meyer Theatre
Nov. 12 - Milwaukee, WI - The Northern Lights Theater
Nov. 13 - Tonawanda, NY - Riviera Theatre and Performing Arts Center
Nov. 14 - Warsaw, IN - Wagon Wheel Theatre

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