Rascal Flatts Honor Songwriters
Rascal Flatts have had hit after chart-topping hit consistently over the past ten years, making them one of the most lucrative artists in country music history. The band -- Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney -- acknowledges that they're much more than a trio, as a lot of the credit for their success goes to their co-writers. So, they decided to throw those tunesmiths a big party in Nashville on Wednesday.
"It's awesome because usually it's the three of us writing with one or Jay is writing with one and I'm writing with two," Gary told The Boot just before the festivities began. "These guys we've had history with for ten years, so it's awesome to get a little spotlight on them for a change instead of sitting at one of our houses in pajamas trying to write something.
"I think the reason that we've had such great success over the years has been how picky we are on songs," he continued. "It all starts and ends with a great song, and we really give 180 percent on finding and writing and creating the best stuff that we can."
"It has been an amazing ten years," Joe Don added. "We've got to experience so much, and it's hard to think we could experience any more than what we have, but I know there's a lot more road out there for us. We're excited about what the future holds for us, and for these songwriters."
Celebrating at a special ceremony at the Musician's Hall of Fame in downtown Nashville, the guys were grateful to be able to publicly show their appreciation for the 80 songwriters who've contributed to their albums over the years. "It's been awhile since we've seen them," Gary says of his co-writers. "We wanted to bring everybody together and just tell them thanks. So it's gonna be awesome to watch them do their thing and hear someone else do our songs instead of us."
The celebration included several of Rascal Flatts' No.1 hits performed by the writers, including American Idol finalist Chris Sligh performing their recent No. 1 hit, 'Here Comes Goodbye,' and former tourmates Wendell Mobley and Neil Thrasher performing their hit, 'Take Me There.'