Lonely Grill

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Lonely Grill
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1, 1999 (1999-06-01)
RecordedThe Tracking Room, Nashville, Tennessee
Genre
LabelBNA
Producer
Lonestar chronology
Crazy Nights
(1997)
Lonely Grill
(1999)
This Christmas Time
(2000)
Singles from Lonely Grill
  1. "Amazed"
    Released: March 22, 1999
  2. "Smile"
    Released: October 25, 1999
  3. "What About Now"
    Released: April 17, 2000
  4. "Tell Her"
    Released: September 18, 2000

Lonely Grill is the third studio album by American country music group Lonestar, released in the United States on June 1, 1999 by BNA Records. It reached number 28 on the Billboard 200 chart, and number three on the Top Country Albums chart. With sales of three million copies in the United States, it has been certified 3× Platinum by the RIAA. This was Lonestar's first studio album to have a crossover-friendly country-pop sound, which was a departure from their earlier neotraditional country sound. It is also their first studio album to be recorded as a four-piece, as bassist and second lead vocalist John Rich left the band the previous year in 1998. Instead of replacing him with a new member, the band hired several session bassists to play the album’s bass parts.

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 one on that same chart. "Amazed" was also the group's biggest crossover hit, also peaking at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart 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 became the band's sole lead vocalist after Rich's departure, and studio bass guitarists are used in Rich's place.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 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]

All tracks produced by Dann Huff except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Saturday Night"
 4:03
2."Simple as That" 3:17
3."Amazed" 4:00
4."What About Now"
 3:30
5."Tell Her" 3:27
6."Don't Let's Talk About Lisa"
 3:14
7."I've Gotta Find You"
 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" 3:33
11."Lonely Grill" 4:31
12."Everything's Changed" (acoustic version)
  • Sam Ramage
  • Bob Wright
4:46
Total length:44:57
2000 limited edition reissue bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
10."Smile" (Captain mix)
  • Follesé
  • Lindsey
3:51
11."Lonely Grill"
  • DiPiero
  • Mullins
 4:31
12."Everything's Changed" (acoustic version)
  • Boone
  • Nelson
  • McDonald
  • Ramage
  • Wright
4:46
13."Amazed" (Captain mix)
  • Green
  • Lindsey
  • Mayo
  • Huff
  • Stewart
  • Tankersley
4:29
Total length:49:44

Personnel[edit]

As listed in liner notes.[1]

Lonestar

  • Michael Britt – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals
  • Richie McDonald – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards
  • Keech Rainwater – drums, percussion
  • Dean Sams – piano, keyboards, acoustic guitar, harmonica, background vocals

Additional musicians

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.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Lonely Grill - Lonestar". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 August 2011.