Michael Britt and his bandmates in the country group Lonestar were perfectly happy with their eighth studio album, “Coming Home.” But they felt like they were in something of a minority.
“In hindsight you can look at it and say, ‘Wow, that didn’t do as well as albums have done in the past,’ ” says Britt, 40, Lonestar’s guitarist. “In our minds, it was a great album, but in a way it doesn’t matter what we think of the album; it matters how it sells and how much the public responds and relates to it.
“It didn’t sell, and you have to sell records to stick around.”
Britt says the conventional wisdom is that the stripped-down “Coming Home” was perhaps “a little too raw and too subtle for country radio. We wanted a more organic sound, and I think we got it. And it actually got better criti- cal reviews than the records before it.”
Nevertheless, Britt says Lonestar, best known for its 1999 hit “Amazed,” is already on the case of “how to fi x things” for the group’s next album — which, he adds, is nearly finished. Rather than another single from “Coming Home,” the quartet has released a new song called “Mountains,” which, appropriately, deals with “climbing a mountain you have to climb even though there’s some big obstacles in your way.”
The rest of the record, Britt notes, is “a touch more produced. We wanted to make sure we have some really, really big songs; if you don’t have big songs, a blockbuster kind of song, country radio is not gonna jump all over it.
“So we’re trying that this time. And if it doesn’t work, we’ll go back and try something else on the next one.”
Lonestar and Traci Kennedy perform at 8 p.m. Friday (June 30th) at the Meadow Brook Music Festival, on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. Tickets are $37.50 pavilion, $20 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit
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