NASHVILLE, TN Friday Jul.7.2006 / -- This weekend's "CMA Celebrity Close Up" on GAC offers viewers hilarious insight into the lives and careers of the veteran country music group Lonestar and actor-turned-country singer John Corbett.

The program, recorded before a live audience at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium, features candid interviews conducted by veteran country music journalist Lorianne Crook with the popular group Lonestar and John Corbett. The show airs on GAC July 9th at 8 pm ET.

The four members of Lonestar talk about pranks that sometimes get out of hand. One April Fool's Day the group covered vocalist Richie McDonald in ketchup and dropped him alongside the tour bus, telling bystanders he had
been hit by a car. When a frantic security guard approached, McDonald says he had to admit it was all a hoax.

"This guy is running up and grabbing at his gun, and I get up and tell him it's a joke and 'ha ha, we got you,'" McDonald recalls. "He tells me that's not very funny and what's the name of your band? And I tell him 'Ricochet'
[another country music band]."

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