A pair of big-name country music acts will headline West Virginia’s 150th birthday celebration later this month. Multi-platinum quartet Lonestar and country music legend Ronnie Milsap will cap a weekend of sesquicentennial festivities with a June 22 concert on the state Capitol steps.
Lonestar—featuring lead vocalist Richie McDonald, guitarist Michael Britt, drummer Keech Rainwater, and keyboardist Dean Sams—has been thrilling music fans for more than 20 years, with three platinum-plus albums and 10 #1 country hits. The band’s chart-topping songs include “Amazed,” named 1999’s Academy of Country Music Song of the Year, and 2003’s “My Front Porch Looking In,” which, like “Amazed,” was Billboard’s year-end country #1. Among Lonestar’s other smash hits are “I’m Already There,” “What About Now,” “Smile,” “Tell Her,” and “No News.”
Ronnie Milsap is one of the most successful and beloved country artists of all time. A six-time Grammy winner, Milsap has recorded over 40 #1 hits during a career spanning four decades. Four of his albums have been named Country Music Association Album of the Year, and Milsap’s career album sales exceed 35 million. Although best known as a country musician—and a near-certain future Country Music Hall of Famer—Milsap’s remarkable career has transcended genres, covering styles from blues to R&B to pop to rock. Milsap is also a virtuoso live musician renowned as one of the most entertaining concert performers in the business.