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Lonestar coming to Detroit Lakes Oct. 1 for performance at Holmes Theatre

Country music superstars Lonestar will perform live on the stage of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

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The chart-topping country band Lonestar performs live at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre next Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.
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DETROIT LAKES — Lonestar, the chart-topping, award-winning country music group responsible for the megahit "Amazed," will be coming to the stage of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 1 for a 7:30 p.m. show.

The band, which has charted 10 number one songs over its storied career, is celebrating 30 years in country music with a fall tour that stretches across the United States and Canada.

Current band members include Dean Sams (keyboards, acoustic guitar, background vocals), Michael Britt (lead guitarist, background vocals), Keech Rainwater (drums) and Drew Womack (lead vocals, guitar).

Womack is the latest addition to the group, having joined in 2021, but he is also no stranger to chart success: He co-wrote Kenny Chesney's first No. 1 hit, "She's Got It All," while his former band, Sons of the Desert, also had multiple country hits in the '90s and collaborated with Lee Ann Womack on her crossover hit "I Hope You Dance." Drew also has deep personal and professional ties to his new band; Sons of the Desert crossed paths with Lonestar many times, even opening shows for them early on.

"It's been great," he said. "We have very similar tastes in music and similar temperaments. And I've always been a band guy from day one — so this is just like coming home, like flopping right back into a band. It feels right to me."

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Lonestar's roots date back to the early '90s, when Sams originally moved to Nashville from his native Texas intending to be a solo artist. However, after a few months, he realized that he was better suited for a band and recruited Britt and Rainwater.

In addition to selling more than 10.5 million records since its formation, the band has also won many of music’s top honors, including Academy Of Country Music awards for New Vocal Group in 1996, and Single and Song Of The Year in 2000, along with Humanitarian Of The Year in 2002. They also won the Country Music Association's Vocal Group of the Year and International Artist Achievement award in 2001.

As the band members reflect on their past and look toward the future, they are excited for what it holds in store.

"People that we used to look up to back in the day — like the Rolling Stones, Boston, and even bands like Alabama —they're older than us," Rainwater says. "We look up to those people as like the senior class. But now we are sort of the senior class that people seem to look up to and ask questions about and ask for our expertise."

Adds Sams: "It's amazing that we're still standing and putting on great shows after all these years. The fans are still coming out to our shows night after night, to see us and hear our music. That's almost 30 years of touring, and I can't tell you how grateful I am — and I've never once taken it for granted."

If you go

What: Lonestar in Concert
Where: Historic Holmes Theatre, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes
When: Saturday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m.
How: Tickets available online at dlccc.org/holmes-theatre.html , by phone at 218-844-7469 or in person at the Holmes Box Office, open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday as well as for two hours prior to the start of the show.

A reporter at Detroit Lakes Newspapers since relocating to the community in October 2000, Vicki was promoted to Community News Lead for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and Perham Focus on Jan. 1, 2022. She has covered pretty much every "beat" that a reporter can be assigned, from county board and city council to entertainment, crime and even sports. Born and raised in Madelia, Minnesota, she is a graduate of Hamline University, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in English literature (writing concentration). You can reach her at vgerdes@dlnewspapers.com.
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