Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rascal Flatts Partners with Jason Foundation


Rascal Flatts was named as celebrity spokesman for The Jason Foundation (JFI), a group dedicated to suicide prevention among youth.

In addition to their roles in public service announcements, public awareness programs and fundraising, the group will also promote the foundation's newly created "B1" Project.

The "B1" Project is a nationwide effort specifically geared to educate youth and students on how to recognize when a friend might be struggling with thoughts of suicide or life in general, and how to help. The theme is "Someone you know may need a friend - B 1".

As a part of their ambassador role, Rascal Flatts will be directly involved in this project through a widespread media and social networking campaign. The campaign will include public service announcements, poster distribution to schools and Facebook initiatives. Rascal Flatts will also be showing their public service announcements during concerts throughout their "Nothing Like This Tour," which launches June 25 in Raleigh, N.C.

"Having been personally affected by suicide," said Jay DeMarcus, "it's important for me to do all that we can to create more awareness and prevention, particularly with teenagers. We are proud to be partners with the Jason Foundation, and we are looking forward to doing our part in trying to help them save even more lives."

"We look forward to helping give people the right tools to recognize the signs," said Gary LeVox. "Our youth need to know they have options and there are people that want to help them."

The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is an educational organization dedicated to the awareness and prevention of youth suicide. JFI believes that awareness and education are the first steps to prevention and focuses on establishing a Triangle of Prevention by providing students, parents and teachers/youth workers the tools and resources to help them identify and assist at-risk youth. This is accomplished through a series of programs and services that focus on information about the awareness and prevention of youth suicide.


For more information about Rascal Flatts and Jason Foundation please click on the banner below.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Rascal Flatts To Receive Star


As posted on Rascal Flatts Fan Club...

Chosen for Hollywood Star!
posted 06.17.2010 by Vanessa West

RASCAL FLATTS CHOSEN FOR STAR ON HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

Nashville - (June 17, 2010) - It was announced today that vocal group Rascal Flatts was chosen for a 2011 star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame by the Walk of Fame Committee of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. The band was selected from hundreds of nominations sent to the committee at a meeting held earlier this week.

“I am at such a loss for words that I can't even describe how I feel,” says lead singer Gary LeVox. “What a great honor and symbol of accomplishment. To have only wanted to make music since childhood this far exceeds any expectations I ever had. I am so humbled and grateful to God for all of his blessings and this amazing gift He's given us called music. Thanks to all who made this possible, especially our family and fans for making a dream a reality. You really can touch a star!”

“There are only a few things I can think of that are as big of an honor as receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” shared Jay DeMarcus, background vocalist and bass player. “I am so humbled, filled with gratitude and completely overcome with emotion.... I guess we've really done something afterall...”

Lead guitarist and background vocalist Joe Don Rooney said, "This is the kind of stuff you dream of growing up as a kid. Having our name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has to be one of the coolest things that's ever happened to Rascal Flatts. I'm honored and completely humbled."

Additional 2011 musical recipients include Melissa Etheridge, Los Tigres Del Norte, the Go-Go’s, Slash, Will i Am, and Bebe & Cece Winans and posthumously Buddy Holly and Louis Prima. And more celebrities from motion pictures, television and live performance theatre were also named.

Date of the presentation for Rascal Flatts has not yet been determined and will be announced at another time.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Friday, June 18, 2010

Rascal Flatts nominated for 2010 Teen Choice Award

Rascal Flatts has been nominated in the Country Group Category of the 2010 Teen Choice Awards so please if you are a teen or if you have teen children, vote for Rascal Flatts!

Let's get out there and vote for RF! This is a TEEN choice award so if you are not eligible please make sure your kids, nieces, nephews and students are voting!

And remember you can vote daily!!


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Jay and Allison DeMarcus co-host the Miss Tennessee Pageant

Once again, Miss Tennessee 1999 ~ Allison Alderson DeMarcus along with her husband, Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, will co-host the Miss Tennessee pageant.

The 2010 pageant's preliminaries get underway Wednesday, June 16 and run for three nights and the finals will be webcast June 19 on www.eplustv6.com beginning at 9 ET from the Carl Perkins Civic Center.

For more information please visit Chattanoogan.com

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Almost there!

We are almost half way through June and we are about 50 people away from our goal of 700 fans, followers and friends on our Official NC Flatt Dog Pound sites by the end of this month. Please share the links with other Rascal Flatts Fans and encourage them to join us!

If you haven't already please click that like button and suggest to your friends!

NC Street Team On Facebook

Be sure to follow RF NC and suggest to your followers with #FF!

NC Street Team on Twitter

Please add us and send bulletins to your friends suggesting that they become RF NC's friend too!

NC Street Team on MySpace

Don't forget to join Rascal Flatts fan sites too!!!


Rascal Flatts has a goal of 1,000,000 fans on Facebook and is about 67,000 away from that so if you haven't please click that like button and suggest to your friends!


Rascal Flatts has a little over 68,000 followers on Twitter. Let's push this one too! I think 100,000 followers is a good number to start with :) follow RF and suggest to followers with #FF!

Rascal Flatts has almost 690,000 friends on MySpace...what do you think, they need 750,000? Yes, I say let's go for that number!! All they need is about 60,000 friends so be sure to add them and send bulletins to your friends suggesting that they become RF's friend too!

RF on MySpace

Don't forget the Rascal Flatts Flatt Dog Pound on Twitter too!


Friday, June 11, 2010

Reba and Rascal Flatts Added to The Greenbrier Classic Concert Series

The Greenbrier
Press Release

The Greenbrier Classic, sure to be the most exciting event on this year's PGA TOUR is now even more incredible. Country music icon Reba and the award-winning Rascal Flatts will perform on Thursday, July 29th as part of the inaugural Greenbrier Classic. On Saturday, July 31st, superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will take the stage for another incredible evening. These legendary musicians will perform in a private concert for Classic attendees and participants, as access to the concert is included with the purchase of a weekly badge. A new outdoor amphitheater is currently under construction at the State Fair of West Virginia and will be the setting for both tournament concerts.

On Friday, June 18, The Greenbrier will offer two new ways to purchase tickets. Purchase weekly grounds badge for only $69 and receive a ticket to the Reba and Rascal Flatts concert. Or, select a weekly grounds badge and the Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood concert on Saturday for only $79. Concert seating is general admission/festival seating with these two options. The best value remains the $147 weekly grounds badge with preferred seating for both concerts and other benefits including a $99 accommodation rate for a future Greenbrier stay. With the $147 grounds badge, purchasers will also receive a round of golf on The Greenbrier Course for $100 or a complimentary round on the Meadows as well as a 15% discount on Greenbrier Classic merchandise. A limited number of tickets are available and in 10 days, these tickets will go on sale through Ticketmaster, Live Nation, at all Kroger stores and United Bank branches throughout the state. Purchases may also be made online at www.greenbrierclassic.com or at the The Greenbrier Classic Official Tournament shop at the resort. A portion of the proceeds from all ticket sales will benefit local and regional charities.

“We fully expect a sell-out. The Greenbrier Classic is going to be the biggest and greatest event on the PGA TOUR this year, hands down, and these prices are the best you will find on the TOUR,” said Jim Justice, owner and chairman of the resort. “Reba and Gary, Joe Don and Jay are phenomenal artists and together, with all the other aspects of the tournament, this will definitely be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

The Thursday and Saturday concerts will be held at a new amphitheater at the State Fairgrounds. This new outdoor facility, currently under construction, will accommodate over 50,000 spectators. The stage will be approximately 130’ wide, 70’ deep and 70’ tall, allowing any sized national artist the flexibility to design their own show.

One of the most successful female recording artists in history, Reba has sold over 55 million albums worldwide and her previous 13 studio albums have all achieved Gold or Platinum-plus status. She has won 15 American Music Awards; 12 Academy of Country Music Awards; 9 People’s Choice Awards; 7 Country Music Association Awards and 2 GRAMMY Awards. Reba’s reign of #1 hits spans four decades and the multimedia superstar was recently recognized by Billboard, Country Aircheck and Mediabase as the biggest female hit-maker in country music history. Also an acclaimed film, TV and Broadway actress, Reba signed with The Valory Music Co. in November 2008 and released, KEEP ON LOVING YOU, the next year. The album became Reba’s first solo studio album to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and produced the four-week #1 smash, “Consider Me Gone.” Reba’s label move reunited the multimedia entertainer with industry leader Scott Borchetta, now President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group, which includes Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co. and Republic Nashville.

Since their inception in 1999, Rascal Flatts has helped change the face of popular music. Their trademark sound--Gary LeVox's powerfully emotive lead vocals coupled with the soaring harmonies of Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney, set amid world-class arrangements and production, have made the band the standard bearers for cutting-edge country. They have placed 10 #1 singles and 20 Top Tens and each of their studio albums have gone multi-platinum with total sales approaching 19 million. They have been named the ACM and CMA top vocal group every year since 2003 and have won numerous American Music Awards and People’s Choice Awards. The three are committed family men who take seriously their role in the community. They are known for their charitable efforts, which have included raising millions of dollars for charities including the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and for their work on the celebrity cabinet board of the American Red Cross.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Rascal Flatts will be on the Today Show June 11th

Rascal Flatts will sing on Today's Summer Concert Series in New York City on Friday (June 11) on NBC. The group will perform their current single, Unstoppable as well as other hits.

Fans and visitors are encouraged to come to the plaza for the live performances. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis outside Today's window-on-the-world studio. Fans should arrive by 6 a.m. for best viewing.

Read more at Today on msn.com

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Good Luck Rascal Flatts!!!

Wishing good luck to Gary, Jay and Joe Don at tonight's CMT Music Awards. Your North Carolina Street Team will be watching you on TV tonight and hoping to see you take home the buckle for Group Video Of The Year for Here Comes Goodbye.

(((Hugs)))
Charlene

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Elway on the 50-year line

John Elway celebrates his 50th birthday this month — with a party for you and a party for him.

His birthday is June 28 — but we hear he's throwing a VIP bash June 19 at the Soiled Dove Underground, underneath the Tavern at Lowry. The date is early because Rascal Flatts, the hot country trio, will perform and that's the slot the band had open.

Elway's Cherry Creek chef Tyler Wiard will cook for the Dove crowd — and it might include Elway's favorite meal at Elway's: John's salad, bone-in prime rib-eye steak or salmon, a glass of Hideaway Creek cab, creamed corn and a Ding Dong. Both Elway's outlets — in Cherry Creek and at the Ritz-Carlton — will serve it up this month for $50.

Elway will also visit each location five times during the month — with a football. He'll toss it out and then sign it for the guest who catches it.

DenverPost.com

Sunday, June 6, 2010

10 Years Ago Today

Congratulations Gary, Jay & Joe Don
for 10 years of outstanding music!

On this day, June 6, 2000 with the release of Rascal Flatts you three gave the world it's first taste of your incredible sound. THANK YOU! That was just the beginning of an amazing career with promises of many more years to come.

Rascal Flatts has from the very beginning had the ability to touch the hearts and souls of fans around the globe. Yes, your fans love you and can't get enough so it is our wish that you continue in the same tradition of producing and cutting the best available song out there, because you always mange to make every song on every CD remarkable. You three are astonishing artist in every sense of the word and if it were up to us, the fans you would have all the awards that stand as proof to those that don't know the incredible talent you hold.

Here's to you! To 10 wonderful blessed years and wishes for many more to come...

Happy Anniversary Guys!


I love you all and am proud to be your North Carolina Street Team Leader!

(((Hugs))) Charlene

Thursday, June 3, 2010

RF will be meeting with the fans @ CMA Fest


Check out the latest press release posted on Rascal Flatts fam site by DDarling today regarding the CMA Festival. Fans will be treated to a 2 hour block of RF signing autographs and playing a short acoustical set.


CMA Booth Signing

posted 06.03.2010 by DDarling

RASCAL FLATTS AND CMT CELEBRATE 10 YEARS OF “UNSTOPPABLE” MUSIC AT 2010 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL ON SATURDAY, JUNE 12

Band to Perform Short Acoustic Set and Sign Autographs at Greased Lightning® Fan Fair® Hall

NASHVILLE – June 3, 2010 – CMT will honor Rascal Flatts for 10 years of “Unstoppable” music at the 2010 CMA Music Festival on Saturday, June 12 at 2:00-4:00 p.m. CDT, followed by a short acoustic set in the convention center hall. Rascal Flatts will sign autographs in the CMT booth located in the Greased Lightning® Fan Fair® Hall. To commemorate 10 years of record-breaking sales, hits and more, CMT will award the band with a plaque at the celebratory event. The event is part of CMT’s annual participation at the CMA Music Festival, which includes multiple opportunities for fan and artist interaction.

“Rascal's Flatts' influence has been pervasive across all of CMT's screens and businesses for more than a decade,” remarked CMT President Brian Philips. “It is our privilege to help them celebrate with their loyal fans at this rare, intimate CMA Music Fest event!”

Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney began their career in early 2000, and have since delivered 11 #1 singles to the top of the chart along with more titles in Billboard’s Top 100 Songs of the Decade than any other group in the format. Over ten years, the band has sold more than 20 million albums and 25 million digital downloads, and are the most-awarded country group of the new Millennium. The band has held ten #1 videos on CMT TOP 20 COUNTDOWN, were voted CMT Music Awards Group/Duo of the Year seven times by fans and have streamed more than three million times on CMT.com.

For more information on the 2010 CMA Music Festival and CMT-sponsored events, visit CMT.com and CMAfest.com.

Live Chat on the Video page

For those of you that missed it I have posted the video of tonight's Live Chat with Rascal Flatts on the Video page. It was awesome of them to do that, first one in a long time. Gary, Jay and Joe Don answered questions submitted to them via Facebook and Twitter. I hope that they enjoyed it as much as we did. I also hope we get to see more live video chats from Gary, Jay and Joe Don again soon.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Wonderful Blog about Make A Wish Charity Event

I really love these guys! They were instrumental in this event and helped raise $760,000! Awesome love from Gary, Jay and Joe Don to the Make A Wish foundation.

Yet another reason I am very proud to be a Street Team Leader for Rascal Flatts, truly humbled by how much they give. Again, I love you all!! Thank you for letting me be a part of your team!!! (((Hugs)))


With Colleen as the Master of Ceremonies and me as the Live auctioneer, script writer, stage and "emotion" director, we made something AMAZING happen for the Make-A-Wish foundation. The 2010 Big Wish Gala featuring country music superstars Rascal Flatts. Such a honor to be asked back to the event for the second year. Certainly a highlight of my career and one that I look forward to helping expand.















Imagine constructing this incredible glass tent on the 50 yard line of the prized buckeye stadium field. Then fill it with the best decor, food and talented event production and event management team imaginable. In addition, bring in Broadway superstar Jessica Grove to grant a Broadway wish for a darling little girl who wants to dance on Broadway. Then bring to the stage, none other than Country Music Superstars; Rascal Flatts for an awesome private performance. What more could you want?

How about raising over $760,000 in the process!


It costs $6,000 to grant a wish for the Make-A-Wish organization and this was an effort to catch up on the backlog of wishes that this organization is facing. Kids that need something to look forward to and allow themselves to be superstar for a day, a week or take their dream trip or experience. The outpouring of support from Central Ohio was sensational.

I worked closely with PageTech LTD (Live Event producer) and Destinations by Design (Event planner and management) to script an evening for the master of ceremony and all celebrities in attendance that allowed every guest to understand the importance of why they were there, how they could help and also feel a part of the success the night had to offer. I then took to the stage to begin a live auction like no other. It included a special visit from Rascal Flatts to the stage as we huddled up and talked about an ultimate fan package we could offer amongst other one of a kind items. The photo here is the four of us (I'm hiding in the middle there) deciding that the winner would also be allowed to put the gel in Gary's (lead singer) hair the night they choose to go to the concert anywhere in the country. (Of course with backstage passes, autographed guitar and VIP access).














It was an awesome experience for me to be a part of it and to raise over $300,000 between the life auction components I hosted. Special thanks to Make-A-Wish of Central Ohio and all of the inedible children and families they help support, encourage and allow to dream.....


To learn more about Make-A-Wish or to help support please visit their website at www.Wish.org



It's SHOWTIME! Motivational and Inspirational Speaker Jon Petz: Co-Director for Big Wish Gala featuring Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatt’s Joe Don Rooney Hits The Greens In Greenville, SC For Charity

Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts recently hit the greens in Greenville, SC, when he played in the tenth annual BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament. The event pairs celebrity players with stars of the PGA Tour’s Nationwide Tour. Joe Don has played the tournament in years past and is a fan favorite at the event! Fans line the greens for a chance to get a picture or an autograph and he is always happy to stop and chat for a sec and take a picture. We love seeing Joe Don at the tournament and hope he will continue to play in future ones as well.

Each year, amateurs and celebrities compete for individual prizes and cash donations to the charity of their choice out of the beneficiaries selected by South Carolina Charities, Inc.

The first nine tournaments raised more than seven million dollars for more than 125 area charities according to tournament officials.

Got Country

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Text to win CMT Awards Tickets

Rascal Flatts is giving away tickets to the 2010 CMT Awards. All you have to do is text RFCMT to 66937, that enters you in the contest. Standard text message rates apply. This contest is for TICKETS only no transportation or accommodations. The CMT Awards are going to be held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN on June 9 at 8/7 c.

Rascal Flatts are nominated for Group Vidoe of the Year for Here Comes Goodbye so be sure to vote for them at http://www.cmt.com/cmt-music-awards/vote.jhtml

Good luck to all contestants and Rascal Flatts.

Don't miss the video chat


Rascal Flatts will be hosting a live video chat tomorrow ~ June 2, 2010 on Facebook @ 7 pm Central (Nashville time) Be sure to join Gary, Jay and Joe Don for what I am sure will be a very entertaining 30-45 minutes.

Jay DeMarcus tweeted on June 1, 2010 @ 6 pm "I think it'll be about 30-45 mins..."

Want to be a Rascal Flatts Roadie?

How would you like to be a Rascal Flatts Roadie for a day? Here is your chance..Follow this link and enter the contest and YOU may be the lucky winner and get to hang out with Gary, Jay and Joe Don as a Rascal Flatts Roadie! The prize includes a pair of tickets to a show and Meet & Greet with Rascal Flatts. Hurry contest ends soon!
While you are there make sure that if you have not voted for Rascal Flatts for CMT Group Video of The Year that you do so while you are there. This is a fan voted award and we want to see Rascal Flatts win the buckle!
Good luck to you and Rascal Flatts!!

Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus at Helm for New Austin's Bridge CD

Seated in the studio that's located in the lower level of his spacious Nashville home, Jay DeMarcus is discussing guitar parts with producer Dann Huff, but it's not a Rascal Flatts record the two are working on. On this particular day, Jay is actually in the producer's seat and Dann, Rascal Flatts' longtime producer, is laying down guitar licks for the new Austin's Bridge album. The duo -- Justin Rivers and Jason Baird -- are soaking up the Kodak moment, still wanting to pinch themselves because they can't believe they are in the studio with two of their musical heroes.

The creativity and camaraderie in those recording sessions echoes throughout 'Times Like These,' the just-released album from Austin's Bridge, a Dove Award-winning duo with roots in the Southern Gospel field. Recorded last year with Jay at the controls, 'Times Like These' includes the upbeat message of hope and faith that the duo is known for, yet also takes them musically into some new territory.

"We were actually introduced to Jay by Norman Holland from the record label," Justin says of Daywind Music Group's senior VP of A&R who engineered the collaboration. "We just threw the idea out as something kind of fun and exciting and when we found it was actually a possibility, of course we were going crazy, and were just really excited when he decided to come on board and take on this project."

When asked what appealed to him about working with Austin's Bridge, Jay responds, "They are big Rascal Flatts fans. That was very appealing,"he says with a mischievous smile. "They reminded me a lot of what myself and the guys do -- really tight harmony and the really special blend that they have together."

For Jay, producing the album was also a return to his roots. He started his career as half of the Christian music duo East to West, recording for the Benson Music label. "A lot of my heart and soul has been in Christian music. That's where I got my start," Jay says. "Since I've been doing this for 10 years now with the Flatts, it's something that I very much missed being a part of. I wanted to find a way to get back involved in Christian music somehow and Norman came to me with the perfect opportunity to work with Austin's Bridge. It's been fun."

Justin and Jason enjoyed the experience as well and were impressed with Jay's studio and the relaxing vibe at his place. Whenever they'd take a break from recording, they enjoyed hanging out in the area outside the control room and vocal booths that boasts a full size Rascal Flatts arcade game and is decorated with lots of sports memorabilia including signed football jerseys from former Tennessee Titan Eddie George and former St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger.

Justin and Jason appreciate Jay's guidance on their new project."There's a lot of knowledge behind what he does and he has a phenomenal ear," Jason adds. "Going into this second project, we wanted something that was going to be able to stand out above where we were. You hear the about the sophomore slump, that a lot of times your sophomore record is never as good as your first one. We definitely wanted to knock that out of the water and I think we've done that."

Austin's Bridge debuted in 2007 with their self-titled debut album. The following year, they netted their first Dove Award in the Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year category for the harmony-laden hit 'He's in Control.' They were also nominated for Best New Artist and Country Album of the Year. The duo has toured extensively, including dates on the Franklin Graham Crusade. They also taped an installment of 'Live at Oak Tree,' which earned them Dove nominations last month for Country Album of the Year and Longform Music Video of the Year.

The duo are hoping the new record will expand their audience. "One of our main goals since the beginning of Austin's Bridge was to eventually cross genres of music and take a message of hope into a main stream market," Justin says. "I think it's a very good possibility that that could happen."

Jay has enjoyed working as producer, but what's been the best part of the experience? "Working Dann Huff like a dog," he says with a laugh."My favorite part about making any kind of music is being in the studio and creating music that's going to last forever. That's kind of the exciting part for me is having a blank canvas to paint on and create from scratch, really that's the funnest part of the job for me. I've been fortunate enough to work with some of the best music producers in the business, and I've been able to learn a lot. I'm still learning myself and trying to apply all the knowledge that I learn from the great ones to what I'm doing myself."

In addition to producing, Jay also contributed his songwriting talents to the album, penning the title track and the song 'Angels.' "I feel I've been very, very blessed to be where I am at this point in my life and my career and I hope that if there's anything that they could sayat the end of the day is we found some really great hit songs that will move people and be special pieces in their ministry and touch people for a long time to come," Jay says. "That's really all that I can ask for is [that] I'm able to bring something to the table that they haven't had in the past and hopefully they can learn a little bit by working with guys like Dann and people that I'm able to introduce them to---some of the greatest musicians this town has to offer, songwriters, and players. Hopefully that will help them down the road somewhere."

'Times Like These' is available now.

The Boot

Rascal Flatts to Perform National Anthem at Kentucky Derby 136 on Saturday, May 1

I LOVE to read such glowing press releases... IK everyone knows that they will be performing the National Anthem @ the Kentucky Derby but this is just so positive .... I LOVE IT!!! Rascal Flatts promised this would be an awesome year and it really has started out in a grand way.

Press Release Source: Churchill Downs Incorporated On Thursday April 22, 2010, 5:37 pm EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 22, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The most awardedgroup in country music this decade, Rascal Flatts, will help ChurchillDowns continue the newest Kentucky Derby Day tradition when the trio performs the national anthem live on Saturday, May 1, prior to the running of the 136th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands. The performance will be broadcast by NBC Sports as part of the network's live coverage of Kentucky Derby 136 from 4-7 p.m. EDT.

Additionally, Churchill Downs will initiate a new element within theKentucky Oaks Day program when the Grammy Award-nominated quartetLittle Big Town performs the national anthem live prior to the running of the Kentucky Oaks, the Derby's sister race for 3-year-old fillies.

"The Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks are world-class entertainment events, and we are thrilled to partner with Rascal Flatts, one of the most popular and successful country music acts in history, on what we know will be an exceptional performance of "The Star Spangled Banner,"said Julie Koenig Loignon, vice president of brand development and marketing for the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs Incorporated. "The Kentucky Derby is steeped in tradition, and last year we added to that rich collage by including the first-ever live performance of the national anthem by an internationally known recording artist. This new element of the Derby experience was an instant hit and was warmly embraced by Derby fans. We are confident that country music's hottest trio will deliver an unforgettable performance for the 150,000-plusfans listening in person at Churchill Downs as well as the millions of viewers at Derby parties world wide watching the Kentucky Derby on NBCSports with their family and friends.

"The Kentucky Oaks is growing in national prominence, and we are excited to introduce a new musical element to our Oaks Day program with up-and-comers Little Big Town," Koenig Loignon continued. "The foursome was recently nominated by the Academy of Country Music for the award 'Vocal Group of the Year,' a distinction also given to Rascal Flatts.We welcome these tremendously talented performers to Churchill Downsand look forward to the special contribution they will make to Derby weekend."

Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney have kicked off 2010 with a bang as they celebrate 10 years of making great musictogether, becoming one of the hottest touring acts and the top country group of the new millennium. Rascal Flatts has delivered 11 No. 1singles to the top of the chart and has more titles in Billboard's Top100 Songs of the Decade than any other group in the format. In the last decade, Rascal Flatts has sold more than 20 million albums and 25 million digital downloads. All six of their studio albums made Billboard's Top 100 Country Albums of the Decade listing.

As the most-awarded country group of the new millennium, Rascal Flatts has claimed nearly 40 trophies from the Academy of Country Music,American Music Awards, Country Music Association, People's Choice Awards and more. In concert, Rascal Flatts continues to be one of the hottest touring acts of the decade with more venue attendance records than any other country act. The band has played 400 dates as a headline act and 700 total performances since 2000, with a ticket tally of nearly six million. Among these shows were three consecutively sold-out performances at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Rascal Flattsis also the first and only country music act to sell out the famed Wrigley Field in Chicago. To learn more about the record-breaking trio, visit http/www.hyfntrak.com/rascal10year/

For the complete article visit Yahoo

Rascal Flatts is Celebrating 10 Years 2000-2010


RASCAL FLATTS are celebrating 10 years of success! 2010 marks their tenth year anniversary of being a band. We created a special website to celebrate their anniversary.

... read the entire press release that went out today.

Nashville- January 4, 2010 – RASCAL FLATTS’ Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney are kicking off 2010 with a bang as they mark not only the beginning of a new decade but also celebrate ten years of making great music together, becoming one of the hottest touring acts and the top country group of the new millennium.

It started in 2000 with the release of Rascal Flatts first single, “Prayin’ For Daylight,” and self-titled debut album. Fast forward ten years and Rascal Flatts has delivered 11 #1 singles to the top of the chart and have more titles in Billboard’s Top 100 Songs of the Decade than any other group in the format. Over ten years the band has sold more than 20 million albums and 25 million digital downloads while all six of their studio albums make Billboard’s Top 100 Country Albums of the Decade listing. Rascal Flatts’ Me And My Gang and Feels Like Today also make an appearance on Billboard’s all-genre Top 200 Albums of the Decade chart.

As the most awarded country group of the new millennium Rascal Flatts has brought home nearly 40 trophies from the Academy of Country Music, American Music Awards, Country Music Association, People’s Choice Awards and more. Over the last ten years Rascal Flatts have performed for the President and Oprah and taken the stage at American Idol, Dancing With The Stars, Ellen DeGeneres, Good Morning America, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Today Show,The Tonight Show and many, many more. They’ve celebrated the holidays with us as part of Christmas in Washington, CBS Fourth of July special Boston Pops Firework Spectacular and Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting in addition to appearing in numerous television commercials for JC Penney, Hershey’s and Wendy’s.

Gary, Jay and Joe Don have traveled to visit U.S. troops in Iraq on a USO Tour and partnered with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee to raise over 3 million dollars in the past few years

In concert, Rascal Flatts continues to be one of the hottest touring acts of the decade with more venue attendance records than any other country act. They have played 400 dates as a headline act, 700 total since 2000, with a ticket tally of nearly 6 million. Among these shows includes 3 consecutive sold-out performances at Madison Square. The band also holds the status as the first and only country music act to sell out Wrigley Field.

Through out the new year, Rascal Flatts will mark this milestone with the people who have contributed to the band’s first decade of success. Fans can visit http/www.hyfntrak.com/rascal10year/ to learn the latest offerings and celebrations. So save the date and celebrate with Rascal Flatts!

The above press release was found at Rascal Flatts


Rascal Flatts answer 6 questions about 10 years in country music

In 2010, country trio Rascal Flatts celebrates 10 years in country music, and fans can expect a 10-year anniversary tour in the summer, along with a new album in the fall.

We sat the band's three members down to talk about albums, experiences and everything else that went into a decade of country music-making.

How do you think Rascal Flatts has changed over the past 10 years?

Jay DeMarcus: “When you’ve been together as long as we have and you spend as much time together on the stage as we do, I think we know more what our strengths are and maybe what our weaknesses are. And I think that’s enabled us to pick material through the years that has helped us better express ourselves as artists. The people who have been writing for us over the years have been able to latch on and get a better idea of what we’re about, so the material constantly gets better and better.When you take a Jeffrey Steele or a Neil Thrasher and they write a song and we do it and it becomes a No. 1, the next time around that’s a great template for them to start from so the material keeps evolving. And we have a knack for knowing what will perform well and what we can put our voices and talents to that will succeed for us.”

Do you have any regrets?

Joe Don Rooney: “I don’t think there are regrets. I think we made a lot of good decisions. I think there were times we could have made better decisions, but the decision we made was good enough. I think sometimes that leads you into an even better position to be in. I think that’s all the learning process of being an artist and finding yourself.”

Gary LeVox: “You have to make mistakes to get better and know not to do it again.”

DeMarcus: “We don’t always agree on every decision, but the good thing about us is we are willing to bend when the majority feels one way and maybe one person doesn’t. But that’s part of being a family and of being in a band and part of growing and loving each other through the disagreements. ... I’m not going to sit here and say there aren’t disagreements, but we grow from them.”

Is there anything left that Rascal Flatts still wants to do?

DeMarcus: (joking) “I want to do a polka record. Gary’s really been getting into it a lot lately.”

LeVox: (joking) “I’ve got a dance, too, but my hips are getting sore...We really just feel like we’re just getting started. We have so much left to say and so much left to do.”

DeMarcus: “We’ve talked about doing a gospel record someday. We’d like to do a full-blown Christmas record at some point, and we’d like to stretch some, too. The six records we’ve done have been unmistakably Rascal Flatts, but there’s an itch inside of each one of us that wants to do a hardcore country record that hearkens back to the stuff we grew up on, and that our parents loved, and that we’ve been singing our whole lives. It wouldn’t be out of the ordinary to see a few surprises from us.”

Why didn’t Rascal Flatts play the CMA Awards this year?

DeMarcus: “What’s gone on with the CMAs each year is that we have been asked to play, but last year was the first time we decided not to playin all the times we’ve been invited. The reason was we were under a really big schedule crunch doing the new record, and we couldn’t figure out which song to do. We had several choices, and we just couldn’t land on a choice we were confident was the right one during the awards. We weren’t intending to make a statement to anyone ... like Rascal Flatts is upset because they didn’t get this nomination.”

LeVox: “They will say we need (an uptempo) song or we need a ballad, and it’s always the opposite of what we have out.”

DeMarcus: “We got invited to play and we all collectively decided to sit this one out again to give it a rest. In hind sight, some people think it was because we had bad feelings toward the CMA. It really wasn’t, we just opted out again this year and it’s unfortunate that people drew their own conclusions about why we made decisions. We had a really heavy song on the radio called ‘Why’ that dealt with suicide and felt it wasn’t the appropriate venue to play that song.”

There are lots of opinions on (weekend party song) “Bob That Head.” Talk about why you thought it was good song to record.

LeVox: “We thought it was an arena, stadium show opener. People come to a show to party. They want to have a good time. ‘Bob That Head’ is about a dude who spends every dime he makes to go cruise the circle on the weekends. Everybody I knew in Ohio did that. And they are redneck country people.

“People should get their mind out of the gutter. I’m co-writer on that song. The stuff people were saying about it took me so far by surprise. I was like, ‘Wow.’ I was blown away by the offensiveness of it.”

What can fans expect from Rascal Flatts in 2010?

DeMarcus: “We’re going to have a big brand-new tour in summer of 2010,and it’s going to start the celebration of 10 years of Rascal Flatts.We’re going to have a lot of big surprises and do some old stuff that will throw some people off, and there will be some big surprises, and we’re going to keep doing what we’ve done. Our live shows are what we live for, and they’ve been the most rewarding part of what we’ve been able to do. Our fans are incredible. Each and every night in every city everywhere we go, we throw a huge, huge party. Every show we’ve done since we’ve headlined, I don’t know how, but it feels like it’s getting bigger and bigger and better and better.”

This article was originally posted by The Tennessean

Whether you love or hate their music — and many music fans stand passionately on either side — it’s hard to deny the star power attached to Rascal Fla

Whether you love or hate their music — and many music fans stand passionately on either side — it’s hard to deny the star power attached to Rascal Flatts.

To date, the country trio has sold some 20million albums and nearly 6 million concert tickets, notched 11 No. 1 singles and five No. 1 albums. With wins at the ACM and CMA Awards, The People’s Choice Awards, The American Music Awards and others, the band has amassed more trophies than any other country group in the history.

Their Unstoppable album emerged among a small handful of the year’s country records to go platinum.

But as the members of Rascal Flatts hatched plans to launch a 10-year anniversary tour in the summer of 2010 and to follow it up with a new CD in the fall, they approached both — perhaps surprisingly — spurred by feelings of frustration.

“I feel like Unstoppable is the best music we’ve ever done,” bassist Jay DeMarcus said. “It’s kind of disappointing for me that Unstoppable hasn’t sold like (quadruple-platinum 2006 LP) Me and My Gang did, because I feel like pound-for-pound and song-for-song we were able to cut the best record of our lives. I just hope as many people get to hear Unstoppable as heard Me and My Gang, because there are some brilliant songs written by some brilliant people that will sadly never be heard on the radio.”

And it isn’t just album sales that have the band feeling down as they take stock at their decade milestone. The generally G-rated trio even tiptoed into four-letter-word territory when discussing the recent CMA Awards and some music industry folks’ general disrespect of or disregard for their music.

In November, Rascal Flatts lost the CMA group of the year award to Lady Antebellum, ending a six-year winning streak. It was also the second year in a row — after being nominated in 2006 and 2007 — that the band wasn’t nominated for the top entertainer of the year prize, despite having sold more than 1 million concert tickets over the previous 12 months.

“Nobody is going to sit here and not be honest and say that it isn’t disappointing to not get recognized for your hard work,” DeMarcus said. “We’ve been able to do so many incredible things. We’ve had so many great tours, and to look at those ballots and think you can’t be nominated for entertainer of the year is disappointing. But we absolutely do not begrudge any one else from being in those categories. We just feel like we’ve worked very hard, too, and it’s nice to be recognized for that hard work.”

Losing the group of the year CMA trophy, DeMarcus admitted, was a shock — and a motivator.

“Lady Antebellum had a great year,” DeMarcus said. “But honestly, losing lit a fire under our (butts) to say, ‘You know what, this has been our award for the last six years and we need to go take it back, and we are going to work our tails off to try and do that very thing. We’re not that old yet.’”

“Walking out after the group thing, fans we’re yelling, ‘Hey they didn’t sell out Wrigley Field,’” added guitarist Joe Don Rooney, referring to the fact that in 2009 the trio, with 38,000 tickets sold, became the only country act ever to sell out the park. “People were screaming from the seats. But they don’t have a voice.”

“I think every awards show should be fan voted,” singer Gary LeVox said. ‘We knew who we were’

Fans’ voices are heard loudly enough at the checkout line, however, and the members of Rascal Flatts can look back in 2010 on a decade of consistent cheers there.

To DeMarcus, that sustained success is due at least in part to he and his band mates sticking to a policy of trusting their own vision — one that was developed “singing covers until their vocal chords bled” during the 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. bar-band slot at the Fiddle and Steel Guitar Bar in Printer’s Alley in the late’90s.

Connie Bradley, senior vice president for performing rights organization ASCAP, remembers seeing the trio play at an office on Music Row in 1999, and said she knew instantly she was seeing the future of country music.

“Some bands get good, but Rascal Flatts started out good,” she said. “They were just young kids then, and today they are responsible for bringing thousands of young fans to country music.”

In late 1999, Flatts signed with now-longtime label Lyric Street Records. The company gave the trio the chance to sing their own songs — and the creative freedom to apply their more contemporary sensibilities to their recording projects.

“Randy Goodman over there at Lyric Street really believed in what we were about from day one,” DeMarcus said. “…It was refreshing to think, ‘I get to make my own statement in the music industry now, and succeed or fail, it’s going to be us and we’re going to do it our way.’ … I know some artists are forced to cut songs they don’t believe in and their identity is somewhat ambiguous, but ours never was. We knew who we were, and we knew what we were about, and we were going to try and put music out that we believed in so hopefully other people would believe in us, too.”

The band’s first single, “Prayin’ for Daylight,” peaked at No. 3 on Billboard’s country singles chart, and the subsequent singles from their self-titled debut all landed soundly in the Top 10.

Sophomore CD Melt earned Rascal Flatts their first multi-platinum LP and their first and second No. 1 hits (“These Days”and “Mayberry”).

“I remember that was a really big week for us in town,” Rooney said of the album’s debut week, which fell around 2002’s CMA Awards, “and a lot of people were talking about, ‘Who is the new artist going to be that’s going to lead the way for the next10-year period?’ It felt really good at that time, but we never dreamed we would be here. That’s really when the ruckus started.”

The ruckus continues

Rascal Flatts’ modern music and fashion sensibilities have, over 10 years, earned the band its share of barbs both inside and outside of Nashville(The New York Times, for one, categorized Flatts in 2008 as “by and large, a power-ballad band,” noting that their “pedal steel guitar or mandolin are usually more visible than audible”.

“Because they don’t dress very country, or sing very country, or carry themselves as being very country, I think they are easy targets,” said critically acclaimed songwriter and recording artist Rory Feek, one half of country duo Joey + Rory. “Someone told me that after watching the CMA Awards that the thing that makes country music country music is disappearing right in front of us, and that’s sincerity, humility and story telling. Country music can be a big broad thing, but the thing that makes it are those things. And when that goes away, what do we have?”

Whether they’re too pop or not, country songwriters certainly still seem to want their songs on Flatts records. Jody Williams, vice president of writer publisher relations at performing rights organization BMI, said a Rascal Flatts cut remains one of the most coveted among songwriters and publishers in town.

“You know Flatts records are going to sell like crazy and go right to the top ofthe charts,” Williams said. “There’s no telling how many millions of dollars they’ve put into the songwriters and publishers in Nashville. They write some songs themselves, but they are smart enough that when they hear another great song by another writer they will always record it. That’s what’s so great, and why I think the songwriting and publishing community respects them so much because they know there’s a shot there.”

Opinions, whether positive or negative, Rooney said, ultimately aren’t going to sway the band’s now well-established approach to making modern country music.

“It’s no secret that we’ve always tried to push the envelope,” he said. “We wanted to be us. Our music does push the envelope of what traditionalists consider country music, and that’s totally cool. You can’t be like other people. You have to make your own niche. It feels really great to be where we’re at, and we know that comes with a price.”

“Hopefully at the end of the day we can have enough character to realize people are going to have their opinions about us, and as long as our fans keep getting what we’re doing and as long as we keep believing in the music we’re putting out there, at the very end of the day that’s all that matters," DeMarcus added. "We can walk around with our heads held high... Country is a lot more than cowboy boots and cowboy hats. It’s astate of mind.”

This article was originally posted by The Tennessean


Team members needed for Raleigh and Charlotte Shows

Are you ready for Rascal Flatts Nothing Like This Tour?? I AM!!!!

Rascal Flatts is kicking off the first leg their tour on June 25 in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Time Warner Cable Pavilion. Kellie Pickler and Chris Young will open. I am so excited that NC has been chosen as the first stop on the first leg of this new tour! We are about 30ish days out and I am looking for teamers to help with any assignment Darling may pass down for us.

Right now I am looking for Street Team volunteers for the shows in Raleigh (June 25th) and Charlotte (June 26th). As of right now I have not heard anything from Darling regarding Street Team activities, this usually happens closer to show date .... but I would like to have my teams in place in case we are needed.

You must have a ticket to the show and you will need to arrive at the venue early, usually a hour or so before gates open, I will have more specifics as the time gets closer to showdate. Please send me a message (NCFlattDogPound@gmail.com) with either Raleigh Street Team or Charlotte Street Team as the subject and include your fam name, real name, cell phone # and email contact information. Also, how many will be in your party. I will send email and text blast to teamers as more information becomes available.

Please let me know if you have any questions and THANK YOU for volunteering

Looking forward to meeting you,


Discover Tennessee with Rascal Flatts

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development produced television spots to promote their new Discover Tennessee Trails and Byways initiative. These spots would encourage visitors to not only come to Tennessee, but to take these self-guided driving tours through the small towns and more rural areas of the state.

DOT Partners with Rascal Flatts to Encourage People to Adopt-A-Highway

If life is a highway, it's a messy one in many parts of Tennessee,so country music super group Rascal Flatts is joining the Tennessee Department of Transportation to ask Tennesseans to do their part to clean it up by adopting a highway.


Rascal Flatts members Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus are featured in a new 30 second public service announcement and on billboards across the state encouraging Tennesseans to "Show Your Pride and Adopt-A-Highway today".


The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness of the volunteer program, encourage more participation and to remind motorists to Stop Litter in Tennessee.


In the new 30 second PSA, Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney picks up a piece of litter tossed along the side of a roadway and asks,"Think this is no big deal?", as vocalist Gary LeVox remarks, "Think about 12 million pounds of it."



For more information on how you can help please read the complete article at wdef.com/news

Summer ~ Fall 2010 Tour Recap

RASCAL FLATTS TO LAUNCH NEW SUMMER TOUR IN JUNE

“JC Penney Presents Rascal Flatts Nothing Like This Tour”

NASHVILLE – (April 18, 2010) – The decade’s top-selling and most awarded group in country music RASCAL FLATTS will launch a new tour this summer, “JC Penney Presents Rascal Flatts Nothing Like This Tour.” The first leg will launch on June 25 in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Time Warner Cable Pavilion and will continue with 26 shows through September 19 at Boston’s Comcast Center. Kellie Pickler and Chris Young will open.

Rascal Flatts recently wrapped “Rascal Flatts American Living Unstoppable Tour” which played 57 shows during its run of June 2009 to March 2010 with a fan attendance near 800,000. This total also includes the two sold-out stadium concerts at Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Columbus’ Crew Stadium last summer.

RASCAL FLATTS spent their time off this spring recording new music expected out this fall.

Below are the list of tour dates (please note that all dates are subject to change).

6-25 Raleigh NC --------------- Time Warner Cable Pavilion

6-26 Charlotte NC ------------- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

6-27 Atlanta GA ----------------- Lakewood Amphitheatre

7-16 Stateline NV -------------- Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena

7-17 Stateline NV -------------- Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena

7-22 Wichita KS ---------------- In Trust Arena

7-23 Tulsa OK ------------------ BOK Center

7-24 Frisco TX ------------------ Pizza Hut Park

7-30 Virginia Beach ----------- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

7-31 Hartford CT -------------- Comcast Theater

8-6 Cincinnati OH ----------- Riverbend Music Center

8-7 Indianapolis IN --------- Indiana State Fair Grandstand

8-8 Columbus OH ---------- Columbus Crew Stadium

8-12 Hershey PA ------------- Hershey Park Arena

8-13 Scranton PA ------------ Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain

8-14 Washington DC ------- Jiffy Lube Live

8-27 St Louis MO ------------ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

8-29 Louisville KY ----------- Kentucky State Fair- Freedom Hall

9-2 Bethel NY --------------- Bethel Woods

9-3 Darien Lake NY ------- Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

9-4 Syracuse NY ----------- New York State Fair Grandstand

9-5 Toronto Ontario -------- Molson Amphitheatre

9-16 Cleveland OH ---------- Blossom Music Center

9-17 Pittsburgh PA ---------- First Niagara Pavilion

9-18 Philadelphia PA ------- Susquehanna Bank Center

9-19 Boston MA -------------- Comcast Center


More dates will be added soon.

*as posted on Rascal Flatts Fan Club*

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