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Former Little Texas singer Tim Rushlow is coming home.
The Arlington native is returning to his old stomping grounds this week for a concert with his new band, The Frontmen. Tickets are still on sale for the 7:30 p.m. Thursday show at the Arlington Music Hall.
“I don’t get back as often as I would like to but this is one of those rare opportunities,” Rushlow told the Star-Telegram. “I literally haven’t played anywhere near my hometown in 20 years.”
Despite being born at Tinker Air Force base in Oklahoma City, Rushlow considers Arlington his hometown.
His family moved to the North Texas city after he was born and Rushlow’s class was the first to graduate from Martin High School in 1985. After high school, Rushlow moved to Nashville where his music career would take off with the formation of Little Texas.
The band was founded in 1988 and released it first album just a few years later titled “First Time for Everything.” Little Texas would release three more albums before the band broke up in 1997.
One of the band’s most popular songs is “God Blessed Texas,” which for many is the unofficial anthem of the Lone Star State.
“We knew there was something special to it,” Rushlow said. “The song never was trying to say that Texas is better than anybody else. It was just trying to say that Texas has a mystique about it and God has certainly blessed that.”
After releasing solo projects and collaborating with others since Little Texas disbanded, Rushlow is back with a new crew full of familiar faces.
Larry Stewart (of Restless Heart), Richie McDonald (formerly of Lonestar) and Rushlow have formed their own country super group called, The Frontmen.
It all started around 2010 when McDonald and Stewart performed a show together and were looking to do another but knew they needed a third front man. After a call to Rushlow, the three ‘90s country icons were soon playing together.
The trio found common ground as lead singers who experienced country music success at around the same time. As they found a common groove from performing at private events and traveling overseas to sing for U.S. troops, the crew liked their sound together.
It was during the COVID-19 pandemic that Rushlow and crew began having conversations about creating a new band. They decided to book a few shows to test the waters.
“The response was immediate,” Rushlow said. “People were just flipped out that the three singers that sang for these three bands would be on stage at the same time.”
The band was asked about a year ago if they would consider writing new music. The question intrigued the trio and soon got to work on new songs.
After handing a demo to Broken Bow Records, Rushlow and crew received the call they wanted. The label was all-in. The Frontmen had a record contract.
“We’re very grateful to get this opportunity at this stage to do it again,” Rushlow said. “We feel really confident that we’re in the right place at the right time.”
For the last few months Rushlow and crew have been working on new music, with an album locked and ready to go. The trio released two songs over Memorial Day weekend, one is a new record while the other is a Frontman version of the Lonestar hit “Amazed”.
The band has been busy touring and has a full summer lined with shows, including the Arlington concert. For Rushlow, its more than just a concert to play with his new band. It is a chance to come back to where it all began.
“First time back home in forever and also the first time in a theater that was there when I lived there, but never played there,” he said. “It’s gonna be a real nice time.”
The Frontmen’s concert at Arlington Music Hall is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.