Rascal Flatts has a lot to celebrate!
Sitting down with ET Canada’s Carlos Bustamante ahead of their concert at the Budweiser Stage, the superstar trio are reminiscing on their rise to fame and huge success as they celebrate nearly 20 years of making music.
The band — made up of members Joe Don Rooney, Jay DeMarcus and Gary LeVox — first made their mark with their hit “Prayin’ for Daylight” off their self-titled album in 2000 and they never looked back.
Explaining to Bustamante the origin of their band name, lead vocalist LeVox reveals they were playing at a honky tonk bar in Nashville when they got the idea: “It was the name of some band in the ’60s, so I have no idea what it means but we were like ‘Yeah let’s try it.'”
When it comes to touring, a lot has changed in the past two decades thanks to their growing families.
“We all used to be crammed on one bus together in the early days with the band and the crew, 12 bunks down the hallway can get pretty tight,” says DeMarcus. “I think probably the one thing that saved our band and kept us together this long may be the fact that the three of us got our own separate buses around eight or nine years ago.”
Bringing along country up-and-comers Jordan Davis and Morgan Evans to serve as the opening acts on their “Summer Playlist” tour, the boys reveal if new artists ever come to them for advice.
“Do your kids listen to you when you scold them?” Jokes DeMarcus.
He continues: “Last summer we had Dan + Shay and they were always on the bus wanting to know how we did it and why we did it that way, soaking up as much knowledge as they can.”
Since their debut in 1999, the band has released 37 singles, 14 of which have made their way to No. 1., making them one of the most awarded country music groups.
On what’s surprised them most along their career, DeMarcus jokes: “I’m most surprised by how quickly my wife burned through all the money we made.”
Along with being together for nearly 20 years, Rascal Flatts is also celebrating the 15th anniversary of their third studio album Feels Like Today, which includes hits like “Bless The Broken Road” and “Fast Cars And Freedom”.