The uber-popular Michigan country artist will leave his band, The Usual Suspects, this fall after releasing a new album and completing one final tour.
By Matt Marn
Published by Local Spins - March 7, 2017
After almost 10 years of touring the Midwest with his Michigan-based country group The Usual Suspects, lead vocalist and guitarist Brian Lorente is calling it quits later this year to spend more time with his family.
After one more CD release and a final set of live dates in Michigan, Illinois and Ohio through September, Lorente plans to leave the band and devote his musical efforts to songwriting. But The Usual Suspects will go on without Lorente, as he said he'll be turning over the microphone to vocalist Kurt Stone.
Lorente started The Usual Suspects and nurtured the band over the past decade through personnel changes. He was at the core as manager, accountant, booking agent, and marketing director, while holding down a full-time job and family life.
"With all of that, there is no time to sit back with my guitar or a pad of paper and create," Lorente said. "I am actually excited for the chance to sit back and become a storyteller again, and to kind of re-find that guy who loves songwriting.
"I have learned it is possible to stay alive in music, and not be on the road all the time. But it is a new field that I still have a lot to learn about: Live streams, videos, and status updates will be the main way to keep in touch with my fan base, but every once in a while, I am sure I will get an itch to the stage again, so I promise not to drop off the face of the earth."
Read more about Lorente and his announcement, only at Local Spins!