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/
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