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Lost Trailers photo shoot turns into on-stage show with Kenny Chesney

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 – The Lost Trailers thought they were just in Michigan for a photo shoot, but what a difference a phone call can make.

In Grand Rapids, Mich. on May 23 on day two of a two-day shoot for the music video for their song, "Holler Back," The Lost Trailers were shooting still photos while video cameras were being rolled into place.

That's when Kenny Chesney's tour manager called looking for them. "Hey, Kenny's trying to find you guys," guitarist and songwriter Stokes Neilson recalled. To which Stokes replied, "Isn't he on stage?" The voice on the other end of the phone said, 'yea, and he wants you guys to join him!'

The 5 Lost Trailers sprinted out the door and ran the half mile trek to the arena where Chesney was playing. When the Trailers arrived on side stage, Chesney brought them out for a cover of Steve Miller's "The Joker." "It was thrilling," said Stokes. "Ten minutes before, we were shooting photos for our video, and now we're onstage at sold out Van Andel Arena with Kenny Chesney. We've been playing together since high school and to look over and see Potter on drums and my brother (Andrew) at the keys, Manny on bass, I've been handed a guitar and Ryder out there singing with Kenny, it's more than a career highlight, it's a lifelight."

"When we got off stage, we all had texts and voicemails from the director saying 'where are you guys, we're ready too start shooting the video'" Neilson said.

Lead singer Ryder Lee said, "Kenny is the Entertainer of the Year not only because he works his tail-off, but also because he's a great guy. Not only did he come over to our show and video shoot the night before, he invited us on stage to play with him. That's the kind of person he is."

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