Monday, July 19, 2010

Gary's favorite joke

According to Reader's Digest this is Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatt's Favorite Joke

John is out with his friends and stops by his grandmother's house for a visit. There's a bowl of peanuts on the coffee table, and John and his friends start snacking on them. When they're ready to leave, his friends say, "Nice to meet you, ma'am, and thank you for the peanuts." Grandma says, "You’re welcome. Ever since I lost my dentures, all I can do is suck the chocolate off of them."

Rascal Flatts booked for 2011 Craven Country Jamboree

With the wrap up of the 2010 Craven County Jamboree coming to a close on Sunday announcements have already been made that Rascal Flatts will headline Sunday night at the event July 14-17, 2011.

Tickets go on sale for the 2011 event Wednesday, July 21, 2010.

For more info please check the Caven County Jamboree website.

Check out this article found at The Star Of Phoenix for more information about the 2010 Craven County Jamboree and announcement of Rascal Flatts as headliner for the 2011 Jamboree.

Reader's Digest Interview with Gary

I know this is old, April 2009 but I thought I would add some past articles to this site. There is also a link to a telephone conversation with Gary that I am sure you will enjoy. All credit for this article goes to Reader's Digest

Up Close with Rascal Flatts Lead Singer 
Gary LeVox

Gary LeVox is on the road again with country pop's Rascal Flatts. Here he talks about singing gospel, becoming a star, and staying a family man at heart.

Also in this article:
To say that Rascal Flatts has a faithful and fervent fan base is an understatement. "We've had women schedule their C-sections around our tour dates," says the lead singer of the country-pop group, Gary LeVox, 38. "If you have great songs, people come out to see you." In fact, ever since Rascal Flatts—which also includes bassist Jay DeMarcus, 38, and guitarist Joe Don Rooney, 33—joined forces in 1999, not only have people come out, they've helped the band sell more than 20 million records, the latest of which is Unstoppable. Here LeVox describes his humble beginnings and his family values.

A little bit country, a little bit rock 'n' roll: (from left) DeMarcus, LeVox, and Rooney.
As a kid growing up in Columbus, Ohio, I was moved by music. Whether a song was happy or sad, if it made me feel something, that was all that mattered. Whether at home or church, music was what we did as a family.

Every Saturday night, I stayed with my grandparents. My grandpa played guitar, my cousin [DeMarcus] played piano, my grandmother played the spoons, and I sang. I memorized songs like the spiritual hymn "The Old Rugged Cross" and sang it over and over. My grandmother was Pentecostal, and she'd say, "Secular music is from the devil," but she thought country music was okay. I wasn't allowed to listen to the Kinks, but I could listen to Merle Haggard.

I knew I had a musical gift, but I didn't know where to start. After high school, I got a job with the Ohio Department of Mental Retardation, where I worked for ten years. I was responsible for 85 people at one time, teaching them skills so they could live on their own and get jobs. I became their father, their best friend, and their confidant.

My break came in Nashville, where I was visiting, in 1998. It was at a karaoke bar called Lonnie's Western Room. The owner of the famous Fiddle and Steel Guitar Bar approached me after I sang and asked if I would like to perform at his place. Great musicians hung out there. I said, "Man, I don't even live here, but if I ever move down, I'd sure like to."

Shortly after, I was standing in my mom's kitchen and it hit me: I thought, Lord, I don't think you gave me this gift just so I could use it in my mom's kitchen. I headed off to Nashville and started working three jobs: building swimming pools, selling newspapers, and performing at the Fiddle and Steel.

The fan base for our new band grew so large that the Fiddle and Steel owner bought the building next door and knocked down a wall so we could have a bigger stage. We took on the name Rascal Flatts [after a fan's former high school band] and signed a record deal in 1999. Boy bands were all the rage at the time, so people assumed that some Svengali—like producer had put us together. But it wasn't like that. We didn't do Star Search. We took songs by serious country musicians and put our own spin on them. I think we had a hard time winning over the critics because we didn't wear cowboy hats or big belt buckles. But you've got to be true to who you are. I didn't grow up sitting on a bale of hay with a piece of straw in my mouth. I grew up hunting and fishing in Ohio. Doing our own thing is what's helped us sell millions of records.

I do have regrets in my life. My grandparents passed on without getting to hold my kids [Brittany, eight, and Brooklyn, five] or see me perform. When we first played at the Grand Ole Opry, I thought about how proud they would have been.

I've also experienced heartbreak. My parents divorced when I was eight, and my mother remarried when I was ten. My stepfather, Randy, taught me how to hunt, as well as how to be responsible. When I was 18, my mom and stepdad announced that they were divorcing. I was shattered. I wanted a father. My stepdad hasn't been part of my life since then. Sometimes I think about reaching out to him.

Living through divorce has made me a better husband and father. I may not be the best-looking guy in the world, but my wife [Tara, whom he married in 1999] and kids love me for who I am. It's hard to remember life before my daughters. I'm such a sap. Some days I'll be singing in the studio and think of them and just start crying. It's like, Man up, Gary, come on. I have exceeded every dream I've ever had.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Joe Don to Play in the American Century Championship

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The bleacher crowd of about 50 at the first tee applauded when Rascal Flatts lead guitarist Joe Don Rooney was announced at Thursday's American Century Celeb-Am Tournament.

Dressed with gray slacks and matching beret, Rooney stood behind his ball, studied the 426-yard fairway and gripped his driver, making noticeable an eagle tattoo on his left forearm. The drive was a low liner, and for a moment it looked like it might hit a right-side bunker. But there was no splice in the shot. It went perfectly straight, landing safely almost in the middle of the fairway.

Friday and Saturday night after his rounds at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in the American Century Championship Rooney will perform before more than 7,000 country music fans at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys.

It's only the second time a musician has performed onstage and in the American Century Championship. The Gatlin Brothers — Steve, Larry and Rudy — played a show at Caesars Tahoe in the late 1990s and in the celebrity tournament, which is in its 21st year. Billy Rapaport, the ACC senior field director, has worked all 21.

“The Gatlin Brothers just played one show inside at Caesars,” Rapaport said. “This is two major outdoor concerts. That's unprecedented. It's a great thing for this event.”

How major are the concerts?

“We're bringing 15 trucks,” said Trey Turner, manager of Rascal Flatts, a band with 10 No. 1 country hits and known for elaborate stage effects.

Rooney laughed when he was asked if he was worried about performing after playing golf all day.

“I'm not but the guys might be,” he said, a few minutes before teeing off. “I love to compete.”

Golfing the day of a concert is typical for the musical trio, which includes Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus.

“I try to play at least nine holes and get back to the sound check by 4 p.m.,” Rooney said. “When we toured with Darius Rucker we played every day.”

Rascal Flatt's bus driver, who was Rooney's caddy Thursday, confirmed the story and talked about his game.

“Before a show sometimes I'll drive right to the golf course,” said Lee Pharris, who added the Golf Channel is usually tuned in on the bus. “He played in the BMW Pro-Am, made the cut and was in the top 12 Sunday. He's a good little player. Like any golfer he has his ups and downs.”

Rooney acknowledged the ACC is a much bigger deal.

“This is different with the gallery and TV crews,” he said. “You're definitely under the microscope.”

Rooney learned the game from his father, practicing with a pitching wedge in the backyard in Picher, Okla. When he got older, he played at a nine-hole course just across the border in Kansas. He said he played in some junior tournaments but his high school didn't have a golf team. There were just 25 in his graduating class.

Rooney, who has an 8 handicap, listed his ACC goals.

“I'd love to make at least three birdies a day,” he said. “If I keep making pars, I'll be fine. My goal is no double bogeys. I don't want to try to do too much. That's where us ams get in trouble.”

Rooney's group Thursday included NFL Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen. Before the round began, Rooney was introduced to Allen's girlfriend and model Laura Hunter, who said she likes Rascal Flatts.

“I grew up listening to country,” she said. “It reminds me of being with my friends riding around.”

The idea of having Rooney play in the tournament began backstage at Lake Tahoe five years ago, said Rapaport, who thought the timing was right in 2010.

“I was at the Olympics covering figure skating when I called (Turner),” he said.

The concert initially was scheduled for later this month, said Turner, who “rerouted” some West Coast shows.

The band members were thrilled when they learned they would be here the week of the ACC.

“They were like, ‘Hell yeah,' ” Turner said. “Now were here hanging out in Lake Tahoe.”

"AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP | Rascal Flatts Guitarist Plays Celebrity Tournament by Day, Concerts at Night |" South Lake Tahoe California | News. Web. 16 July 2010. .

Monday, July 12, 2010

Changes to the Greenbrier Classic Shows

The Greenbrier Classic has announced that there is a change in the scheduled Reba McEntire and Rascal Flatts show originally planed for Thursday, June 29th.  Due to conflicts in prior commitments Reba McEntire will perform on Wednesday, June 28th.  Rascal Flatts will perform on Thursday as originally scheduled.

If you have already purchased your tickets for the Thursday performance the Greenbrier will be sending you tickets to both the Wednesday Reba McEntire show and the Thursday Rascal Flatts show.

For more information check this article from The Charleston Daily Mail

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Happy Birthday Gary!

Happy 40th Birthday Gary!

Your NC Street Team is sending you wishes for a day filled with love and laughter as you celebrate with family and friends.

Here's to you G!

Have a very Happy Birthday and may the Good Lord bless you with many more!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Rascal Flatts CMA Interview

Enjoy this interview with Rascal Flatts sent to me by Nashville Country Club. Thanks for sharing!!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Thank You Street Team Volunteers

Wow I can't believe that Rascal Flatts shows in North Carolina have come and gone already!!

I just wanted to take a minute to properly thank each of you that volunteered to work Street Team on those shows. Even though it ended up that no activities were planned for those days I really do appreciate each of you willing to take some time to help out on such HOT days.


Monday, July 5, 2010

How about a history lesson....

Here again are Gary and Jay this time they explain the History of Fireworks in this short audio clip.

Thanks guys for the all the public service announcements you have done.

And yes, I took that pic last night! :D

Do you know Flag Etiquette?

Here is a short clip of Joe Don explaining Flag Etiquette

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July!!!!

Wishing everyone
a safe and happy

of July!!!!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

RF NC Members Journal

Check out the new page Members Journals that I have added to the site. This is a page where all members can post blogs. Members can post about anything as long as it is not offensive material. I do moderate the site :) Once you have made your initial post I will set up a user category with your name so you can link all your blogs.

So please, join the site and share your stories / reviews about concerts Rascal Flatts or other artist, creative writing or anything you wish to share with the world :) LOL your blogs just may be a montage of different recipes... ok just throwing something out. Point is have fun .... play nice!

Peace, Love and Rascal Flatts

Friday, July 2, 2010

Jay and Allison DeMarcus to be Parents

Congratulations are in order for Jay and Allison DeMarcus who are expecting a baby early in 2011. The couple has announced that Allison is pregnant with their first child.

Rumor has it that Jay has felt left out in baby discussions with his Rascal Flatts band mates Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney but the recent announcement will change everything. Gary father of two girls and Joe Don father of a son and expecting a baby girl this fall will no doubt offer advice to Jay regarding this life changing event.

Allison who is a regular on
CMT Insider has stated ...
"Jay and I are thrilled to let everyone know we are going to be parents! We can't wait and are ecstatic to share our news."
Jay has expressed faith in Allison's parental skills commenting ...
"I am confident Ali will be a wonderful mother because she has done an incredible job raising me over the past six years."
So to Jay and Allison ....


From your North Carolina Street Team