No Really!! It was Great!! One of the highlights was at the very beginning when Gary LeVox (lead singer) was lowered to the stage in something that looked like a spaceship (?????). Corny as the dickens but effective and fun. The lead singer kept taking breaks and the guitar player (Joe Don Rooney) and the bass player (Jay DeMarcus) would sing the songs that they sang lead on. BTW, their fiddle player was amazing! He played a solo and ended up tossing his bow away and playing it like a guitar. Another highlight!!
Following is a short background on Rascal Flatts:
Rascal Flatts were founded near Columbus, Ohio. Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus were second cousins from a musical family. DeMarcus’s brother-in-law, James Otto, is also a country music artist. DeMarcus moved to Nashville in 1992, earning his first record deal as part of a Christian group called East to West. In 1997, he finally convinced LeVox to leave behind his job with the Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and follow his musical dreams as well.
DeMarcus soon joined Chely Wright‘s band, and there he met Joe Don Rooney. DeMarcus and LeVox were working in a Printer’s Alley nightclub, and when their part-time guitarist could not make it one night, DeMarcus invited Rooney to sit in. Eventually, they took the name Rascal Flatts and began performing together, getting signed to Lyric Street Records in late 1999.
Tonight’s song is the second one they played at the concert titled “Here”. Another of their great tunes!