Rascal Flatts, with Jana Kramer, April 14
The best-selling country vocal group of the past decade, Rascal Flatts, will be in concert at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center on Thursday, April 14. Opening act is Jana Kramer.
Tickets are $69, $55, $39, and $29 at the KELOLAND Box Office, www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets.
If the members of Rascal Flatts could push a button and rewind the last 14 years, Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney would have a chance to relive some of the most impressive accomplishments in Country music. The group has sold more than 22.5 million albums, scored 14 No. 1 singles, sold over 28 million digital downloads and earned more than 40 industry accolades, including six consecutive wins as the Country Music Association’s “Vocal Group of the Year.”
Awards and statistics are impressive, but what means the most to the members of Rascal Flatts is that their music has become the soundtrack to so many lives. “My Wish” is played at graduations. “God Bless the Broken Road” has been heard at countless weddings. “I’m Movin’ On” has accompanied many difficult passages. “Life is a Highway” has blasted from the speakers during many road trips.
They continue to chronicle the joys and complexities of life on their ninth studio album. And though their latest collection is titled Rewind, living in the past is just not their style. Rooney, DeMarcus and LeVox forged ahead, enlisting famed rock producer Howard Benson (Hoobastank, Daughtry, Skillet) to create some of the most innovative music of their storied career.
In addition to working with Benson, the guys also reunited with their longtime producer Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Taylor Swift) who helmed the poignant anthem “Life’s a Song” and Flatts’ cover of John Mayer’s “Wildfire.” The deluxe version of Rewind contains 17 tracks, among them six produced by Benson, two by Huff and Rascal Flatts, with the band producing the remaining nine, spearheaded by DeMarcus in his home studio.
The title track has become the album’s first hit single, and was produced by the trio. “Rewind” was penned by Eric Paslay, Ashley Gorley and Chris DeStefano. One of the many standouts on the album is “I Have Never Been To Memphis,” a powerful song produced by Benson. “The Mechanic,” a poignant love song penned by The Cadillac Three’s Jaren Johnston and Tony Lane, expresses a classic sentiment in a unique way.
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Though Rascal Flatts has long been known for recording some of country music’s most memorable ballads, Rewind features some of the most infectious up-tempo tunes in their repertoire. “Payback” combines country fiddles with an edgy intensity and playful lyric.
Rewind takes listeners on a thrilling musical joyride complete with buoyant numbers like “DJ Tonight” and “I Like the Sound of That” as well as the haunting coming of age tune “Night of Our Lives.” “Honeysuckle Lazy” combines a country-as-cornbread lyric with a rockin’ track. “She Must Like Broken Hearts” is an upbeat tune penned by all three Flatts members about a woman who leaves a trail of broken hearts. “Compass” is a tender ballad written by Diane Warren that is featured in the film Heaven is for Real.
Throughout each song LeVox’s vocals simmer with the passion and intensity that have long anchored the Rascal Flatts sound. Combined with DeMarcus and Rooney’s skilled musicianship and signature harmonies, it’s a recipe that has made Rascal Flatts one of the most successful groups in the history of country music.
Rewind heralds a new chapter in that history.
“The album may be titled Rewind, but we’re going forward,” says DeMarcus. “We’ve really taken some steps here musically. It was good for us to go through the process in working with Howard and to work by ourselves. It was important for us to experiment and to find out what we didn’t need to do. What we didn’t need to do was not be true to ourselves and who Rascal Flatts is musically. If we would have tried to chase a musical trend, our fans would have seen right through it.”