Lonely Grill

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Lonely Grill
Studio album by Lonestar
Released June 1, 1999 (1999-06-01)
Recorded The Tracking Room, Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Country
Label BNA
Producer Dann Huff, Sam Ramage, Bob Wright
Lonestar chronology
Crazy Nights
(1997)
Lonely Grill
(1999)
This Christmas Time
(2000)

Lonely Grill is the third studio album released by American country group Lonestar, released in the United States on June 1, 1999 by BNA Records. It reached number 28 on the Billboard 200 album chart, and number three on Hot Country Albums. With sales of three million copies in the United States, it has been certified 3× Platinum by the RIAA.

Content[edit]

The singles released from Lonely Grill were, in order of release, "Saturday Night", "Amazed", "Smile", "What About Now", and "Tell Her". While "Saturday Night" peaked at number 47 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, all other singles from this album reached number 1 on that same chart. "Amazed" was also the group's biggest crossover hit, also peaking at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 2 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts. Also included on this album is an acoustic rendition of the group's late-1998 hit "Everything's Changed" (from their Crazy Nights album). Dann Huff produced all but the last track, which was produced by Sam Ramage and Bob Wright.[1]

This was Lonestar's first album after the departure of bass guitarist John Rich, who recorded a solo album for BNA that same year before pairing up with Big Kenny in the duo Big & Rich. Richie McDonald sings lead on all the tracks here, and studio bass guitarists are used in Rich's place.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Giving it three stars out of five, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic wrote that Lonestar "take[s] a middle ground, moving back toward hardcore country while retaining elements of the pop sheen of Crazy Nights. The results aren't always successful, but overall, the album is stronger than its immediate predecessor."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Saturday Night" (Chuck Cannon, Jimmy Stewart) – 4:03
  2. "Simple as That" (Richie McDonald, Gary Baker, Frank J. Myers) – 3:17
  3. "Amazed" (Marv Green, Chris Lindsey, Aimee Mayo) – 4:00
  4. "What About Now" (Ron Harbin, Aaron Barker, Anthony L. Smith) – 3:30
  5. "Tell Her" (Craig Wiseman, Kwesi B.) – 3:27
  6. "Don't Let's Talk About Lisa" (Don Henry, Benmont Tench) – 3:14
  7. "I've Gotta Find You" (McDonald, Harbin, Marty Dodson) – 3:48
  8. "You Don't Know What Love Is" (Steve Bogard, Green) – 3:14
  9. "All the Way" (Stephony Smith, Shelly Sterling) – 3:34
  10. "Smile" (Keith Follesé, Lindsey) – 3:33
  11. "Lonely Grill" (Bob DiPiero, Tony Mullins) – 4:31
  12. "Everything's Changed (piano version)" (Larry Boone, Paul Nelson, McDonald) – 4:46

Personnel[edit]

As listed in liner notes.[1]

Lonestar[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Country Albums 2
U.S. Billboard 200 28
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lonely Grill (CD). Lonestar. BNA Records. 1999. 67762-2. 
  2. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Lonely Grill - Lonestar". Allmusic. Retrieved 31 August 2011.