Lonestar to play classic hits, new music July 5 at Vilar Center in Beaver Creek | VailDaily.com

Lonestar to play classic hits, new music July 5 at Vilar Center in Beaver Creek

BEAVER CREEK — Performing for more than 20 years, country music band Lonestar continues to create music and tour the world — a process that seems to never end.

Fittingly, the band released its first album in three years in April titled "Never Enders."

"We were dreamers when we started," said Michael Britt, lead guitar and backup vocalist for Lonestar, "and we're still doing it, so we still have a little bit of that dreamer in us, and we don't ever want that to die."

The multi-platinum country music quartet is behind hit songs such as "I'm Already There," "Front Porch Looking In," "Amazed" and many more. Lonestar performs Tuesday, July 5, at the Vilar Performing Arts Center for the first time.

"We knew a good country band is perfect around July Fourth," said Charlotte Muir, theater director at the Vilar Center. "It's just good American fun for the whole family."

NO PRESSURE

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Lonestar is made up of four Texas boys, singer Richie McDonald, drummer Keech Rainwater, keyboardist-songwriter Dean Sams and Britt. After being thrust into the country music scene in 1995, the group is still going strong and enjoying the ride.

"We were on the industry treadmill for a while, and I think now we're at a point where we still like doing shows and creating music, but we don't feel like we're a slave to the machine anymore," Britt said. "We just do it because we want to do it, and there's not as much pressure."

Lonestar is on a steady pace of releasing new material every few years, and the song "Never Enders" was the first song picked for the new album of the same name. The song's lyrics tell the story of "crazy, wild dreamers."

"We tried to make it universal, but it's definitely something we can relate to," Britt said.

In the comfy confines of the Vilar Performing Arts Center at Beaver Creek, Lonestar will be playing both their classic hits and some songs from the new album.

"We've been fortunate enough to have some big hits, so we kind of have to do those," Britt said. "We try to keep it fresh."

PATRIOTIC PERFORMERS

Lonestar's music has resonated with fans across the country, especially with America's troops, and Tuesday's performance will carry on the Fourth of July celebrations.

Their hit "I'm Already There" debuted in 2001, just before Sept. 11.

"The song kind of became an anthem for all of our service men and women who are on these long deployments," Britt said.

The band has performed for troops at bases here in the United States, as well as overseas in the Middle East.

"We try to do anything we can to keep that awareness up because there's still people all over the world that are away from their family," Britt said.

While the members of Lonestar continue living their dream of making music and touring, they're at a point where they can look back proudly at all they've done while still looking to the future.

"Hopefully, we'll never end," Britt said.

Reporter Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2915 and rleonhart@vaildaily.com. Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.

If you go …

What: Country music band Lonestar performs.

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 5.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek.

Cost: $88.

More information: Tickets are available at the VPAC Box Office, by calling 970-845-8497 or visiting http://www.vilarpac.org. Visit http://www.lonestarnow.com and check out Lonestar’s “Never Enders” music video on Youtube.