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Country Band Tries To Climb Back Up The "Mountains"

Of the Oakland Press

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Stung by the soft sales and tepid radio reception to 2005’s “Coming Home,” the country quartet Lonestar felt like it had to make up lost ground on its most recent release, “Mountains,” which came out in October.

“It’s a touch more produced,” explains guitarist Michael Britt. “In a lot of ways, (‘Coming Home’) was too subtle for country radio. So on (‘Mountains’) we wanted to make sure we had some really big songs.

“If you don’t have big songs, blockbuster kind of songs, country radio’s not gonna jump all over it. And if people don’t know you have something out ’cause they can’t hear it on the radio, it’s like you don’t have anything out at all.”

Things may look a little different from the other side of the “Mountain,” however. While “Coming Home” peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, the new album only reached No. 10. But “Mountains’ “ title track also made it to No. 10 on the Hot Country Singles survey and even cracked the Hit 100.

It’s also provided something of an anthem for Lonestar as it goes through a comparatively fallow commercial stretch.

“It’s basically a song about getting back up and climbing the mountain you have to climb,” says Britt, 40, who will appear on “Wheel of Fortune’s” Country Stars Week (Feb. 12-16) to raise money for the military related charity AdoptaPlatoon. “Whatever you’re doing in life, there’s always some big obstacle getting in the way, and you’ve got to get over the top of that and put it behind you.

“People can relate to it in different ways, but it means something to the band, too.”

Lonestar performs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Jan. 26-27) at Andiamo’s Celebrity Showroom, 7096 E. 14 Mile Road, Warren. Tickets are $40-$100. Call (586) 268-3200.

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