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NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 09: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox, and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts perform onstage during day 2 of the 2017 CMA Music Festival on June 9, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.

It sounds cliché, but many in the music industry – artists and executives alike – believe country fans are the best of any music genre. After 18 years in the business, the guys of Rascal Flatts have literally grown up with some of theirs, so they’ve see it first hand.

“It’s incredible,” the trio’s Joe Don Rooney says through their record label. “I think country music in general has the best fans of any of them. I’m partial to that because we’re in country music, but they’re just so loyal. And from day one, they’ve been coming out and seeing us. We’ve seen some of the fans grow up through high school, now college, some of them are married now and have their own kids that they’re bringing to the shows. It’s just this amazing lineage of fans.”

Of course that makes for a pretty nice pick-me-up sometimes. “There are nights [when] you’ve been on the road a long time and you’re doing quite a few shows in a row [and] you might have felt a little tired before the show. And then all of a sudden you see the crowd [and it’s] is just so beautiful and they drive the show. The fans have always driven our shows.”

Some of the few shows on Rascal Flatts’ schedule for the remainder of 2018 happen at The Venetian in Las Vegas in October. Check dates and buy tickets here. A new tour is reportedly in the works for 2018.


Teddy McDonald is a fun-lovin’ country music fan man living in Nashville, Tennessee.