Vet trio The Frontmen sign record deal
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Vet trio The Frontmen sign record deal

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 – The Frontmen, a trio of Richie McDonald, formerly of Lonestar, Tim Rushlow, formerly of Little Texas, and Larry Stewart of Restless Heart, signed with BMG/BBR Music Group, it was announced today.

The three country vets will release new music this year as well as re-record new versions of their greatest hits with Mickey Jack Cones as producer.

"Tim, Larry and Richie were instantly recognizable and celebrated voices of their era, who consistently racked up airplay and sales success," said Jon Loba, President of BMG Nashville. "Since the three joined forces to become The Frontmen, fans are not only continuing to celebrate their previous individual hits, but reacting passionately to their fresh, compelling and contemporary sound that while completely new, still has a warm familiarity of their instantly recognizable past. We can't wait to reacquaint a generation of country music fans with these incredible and proven voices, while introducing them to an entirely new generation."  

What began as a one-off salute to U.S. troops grew into a series of tours that found them performing for armed forces around the world. That led to touring in the U.S.

In addition to their 2023 tour dates, the band will perform at CMA Fest on Sunday, June 11.

Hits from the previous bands include Restless Heart's "The Bluest Eyes in Texas," "That Rock Won't Roll," "I'll Still Be Loving You" and "Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right)," Lonestar's "Amazed," "Smile" and "I'm Already There," plus Little Texas' "God Blessed Texas," "Amy's Back in Austin" and "What Might Have Been."

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CD review - If Everyday Could be Christmas Richie McDonald, the former Lonestar lead singer, gives us a lush, traditional Christmas album on his debut. Frank Myers and Gary Baker helped McDonald produce this CD and also assisted in writing a few songs. These contributions include the title track, which calls for Christmas cheer all year round. Myers also give McDonald the silly "Why Santa's Fat" to have a little fun with, while Baker helped write "Christmas in New York," which gives the holiday a regional spin. ...
Nice start. Instead of jangly guitars or loud drums, a steel guitar kicks off Tim Rushlow's self-titled first album. And few would argue with his hit, "She Misses Him," an ode to a man for whom old age is not kind. True feeling comes from the hit song, a rarity these days. But then the former Little Texas member missteps. Several times. First, with "In The Meantime," Rushlow skips to a bland pop beat, mediocre music that's no better than a B-side. Ditto "Crazy Life." Words thrown together with ...

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