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They have done things their way and staying true to their beliefs has helped them develop a fan base that transcends generational boundaries. Rascal Flatts have been a part of the country music landscape for close to two decades now and during that time they have solidified their status among the best in the business. They have reached the top of the ladder through sheer hard work that reflects in their music.
You don’t record sixteen chart topping hits and sell millions of records if you don’t have anything special about you. Now this country band will be playing selected dates for the rest of 2017 and in 2018. Who knows they might add more dates to their schedule in the near future? If country music is what gets you grooving, then get your Rascal Flatts tickets and rock to their sound live.
Rascal Flatts is a trio comprising of three family members, Joe Don Rooney, Jay DeMarcus and Gary LeVox. LeVox and DeMarcus are cousins who grew up in Columbus, Ohio. DeMarcus shifted to Nashville to become a musician. He soon joined a Christian Music band “East to West.” Five years later, he asked LeVox to come to Nashville too. LeVox at the time was also a member of a Christian group but the pull of joining his cousin was too strong for him to resist.
The two started to record and perform together and soon met Joe Don Rooney. One night, they were performing at Printer’s Alley when their guitarist failed to turn up. They asked Rooney to perform with them and that is when the group was incepted.
Mila Mason then stepped in to recommend Rascal Flatts to producers Marty Williams and Mark Bright. They then sent a three tape demo of their music to Doug Howard who was an A&R at the Lyric Street Records. Howard was extremely impressed and the band was asked to come to the label’s office the next day where they played a few tracks. Rascal Flatts were soon signed by the label.
It was in the first half of the 2000s that Rascal Flatts debuted by releasing the track Prayin’ for Daylight. The track peaked at the third spot on the country charts and also became their debut record’s title track. Rascal Flatts then released their first self-titled album on June 6, 2002. The record was an instant hit both critically and commercially. It received four stars out of five from AllMusic and went to the third spot on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums. Apart from Prayin’ for Daylight, three other singles from the album also cracked the top ten. The tracks were This Everyday Love, While You Love Me, and I’m Movin’ On. “Rascal Flatts” sold over two million copies to earn double platinum certification from the RIAA.
It was some start!
Not ones to stand still, Rascal Flatts returned with their next album “Melt” in the year 2002. The track These Days peaked at the first spot to become their first number one hit. The album received four stars out of five from AllMusic and also did very well commercially. It went to the top of the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums and to number five on the U.S. Billboard 200. In terms of sales “Melt” did better than its predecessor. While “Rascal Flatts” was certified twice platinum, this record sold over three million copies to go triple platinum in the United States. In Canada, it was certified gold. Rascal Flatts were on a roll and they just kept rolling.
The Hits Keep on Rolling
Then came their next album. Titled, “Feels Like Today,” it hit the music stores on September 28, 2004. The record turned out to be a massive hit too. It went straight to the top of both the Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums. Two of its singles Bless the Broken Road and Fast Cars and Freedom went to the number one position on the Hot Country Songs chart as well. In terms of sales, the record sold over a whopping five million copies to earn five-time platinum certification in the United States. It also went platinum across the border in Canada.
Their next album, “Me and My Gang” was released in 2006 and it made the best debut of the year across all genres by virtue of selling over seven hundred and twenty two thousand unites in the month of April alone. The record also spent fifteen weeks at the number one spot on the Billboard Country Chart. No country record sold more copies in 2006. “Me and My Gang” topped the Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums. It was certified five times platinum in the US and went gold in Canada. Three tracks from the record, What Hurts the Most, My Wish and Stand topped the Hot Country Songs.
Rascal Flatts have released seven albums since “Me and My Gang.” One of the records, “Still Feels Good” has been certified double platinum while “Unstoppable” and “Nothing Like This” earned platinum certifications in the United States. Their album “Changed” recorded gold level sales in the United States.
Rascal Flatts have also won a Grammy Award. On top of that, they have won multiple CMT Awards, ACM Awards and People’s Choice Awards. They also have a star on the prestigious Music City Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Rascal Flatts Tour Tickets
Rascal Flatts are famous for being brilliant live performers. Their last road trip was named the “Rhythm and Roots Tour” and hundreds and thousands of their fans bought Rascal Flatts tour tickets to see them perform live on the trek. They have announced a few special shows for 2017 and 2018 but there is a chance they might just add few more dates to their schedule for the current year and beyond. Stay tuned because Rascal Flatts might just surprise you once again.