This month is a big anniversary for Rascal Flatts: 10 years since the band released its very first, self-titled album.
A decade is a long time to be making hits, and the group is recognizing the history it’s created with its new Nothing Like This Tour, which launches Friday in Raleigh, N.C. The trio — Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney — really hasn’t done anything like this before: The guys intend to take fans through a chronological timeline of their time together, from their formation on Nashville’s club scene to their current status as one of the top attractions on the national concert scene. They plan to make the songs the biggest emphasis of every performance.
“We’ve had 10 years to figure out how to do what we do,” Joe Don says. “I think that’s the bottom line. I think we’ve gotten pretty good at playin’ ourselves in this thing and figurin’ out our strengths and our weaknesses and tryin’ to hone in on the strengths. And I think with this new tour… we’re gonna be able to do some new things that we weren’t able to do with all the other tours to this point, just because we have so many more songs now, we have so much more we can do with the songs. Jay’s always said your albums are really just soundtracks to your live show. Well, we have adopted that method from day one, and we’re gonna do more of that with this new show and be able to take people on a journey from 2000 to 2010 in a matter of about an hour and a half to two hours.”
As if Rascal Flatts isn’t enough of an attraction on its own, the band has some other strong musical attractions to round out the shows.
OK, not really. But Kellie Pickler and Chris Young are. The first leg features 28 shows, running them all the way through Sept. 19, when the entourage pulls into the Comcast Center in Boston. Look for a new Rascal Flatts album this fall.