If you asked me what type of music I liked when I was younger, my response would be "everything but country." I was just never into it. After finishing college, I mapped out a southern route from NJ to CA, packed up my little scion and headed out for a big move. The classic radio stations that I had grown up with were gradually fading with every mile we drove. We were right near Nashville when I found myself desperately seeking through the radio stations for familiar music. No more rock, hip-hop or even classic oldies, nope, we were suddenly surrounded by cowboy hats and that good ol' country music, including the ever famous Rascal Flatts.
I'm not quite sure if it was irony or destiny, but by the time I had made it through Texas, I had country stations programmed in my car (and admittedly knew the words to many songs), had learned the two-step country dance (and enjoyed it) and after visiting a friend along the way, was the semi proud owner of my first Rascal Flatts CD, given to me as a gift.
After jamming out to their tunes along the road, I suddenly had a new found appreciation for everything country, including Rascal Flatts . They've grown on me since that day and here's why:
Cutting-edge Music & Skillful Lyrics – Their catchy, heartfelt ballots are powerful enough to grab your attention and keep you listening to every track.. And yet what really impresses me is that unlike many musicians, the trio all makes significant contributions to the writing of their songs as well.
Instrumental talent: The three-man band adds to their commanding sound and talent with Gary LeVox killing it on lead vocals and supporting his act on the acoustic guitar. Jay DeMarcus shows his extensive abilities, contributing on vocals, bass guitar, keyboards and drums and finally Joe Rooney, skilled in vocals, along with acoustic, electric, mandolin and bass guitars.
Live performances: I've only had the chance to see them once in person, but it was one ticket worth paying for. The band has an amazing on stage presence and their voices sounded as incredible in person, as they do on their album, especially the harmonies. One highlight from the concert was the final song, "Life is a Highway," when everyone rose to their feet.
Yes, their music often sounds more pop than country. Yes, some songs are a little too slow and depressing for my taste. Despite this, with such undeniable talent, I think Rascal Flatts are deserving of all the success they have achieved, including 10 #1 singles and total sales skyrocketing to 19 million. And to support my review, I just finished downloading songs from their latest album, "Unstoppable," and they just may be some of their best songs yet-check out "summer nights" below!
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