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Rascal Flatts sounds like it could be the name of an obscure geographic feature or an old-West train robber, but it's neither - it's actually the name of a country band, and great one to boot. The wildly successful country-fried trio formed in 1999, when bassist Jay DeMarcus left his spot in the Christian rock outfit East To West to form a band with his second cousin and longtime musical partner Gary Levox, who'd just moved into Nashville after leaving his job at a school for disadvantaged children in Ohio. With Gary taking on vocal duties the duo then went on search for a suitable guitarist, eventually adding country-rock shredder Joe Don Rooney (formerly of Unclethumbtack) into the mix a few months later. The trio began penning songs together in Jay's brothers' house, soon coalescing into Rascal Flatts.

Nashville is a hard town for a new band to catch a break in - it is the country music capitol of the world, after all - but Rascal Flatts worked hard to earn their musical stripes. The band became a regular at bars and honky tonks throughout Nashville, routinely lighting up stages at high-status clubs all throughout the city's chic Printer's Alley district. One of their shows caught the attention of a representative from Disney's newly-formed Lyric Street Records label (SHeDAISY, Bucky Covington), and Rascal Flatts fond themselves with a record contract before the end of 1999. They went on to release their self-titled debut Rascal Flatts a year later in 2000; a runaway double-Platinum success, Rascal Flatts soared to the top of the country charts based on the popularity of "Prayin' for Daylight", the band's first single. The boys hit the ground running with their debut, but their success didn't end there. Their next album (2002's Melt) also topped the Billboard Hot Country Albums chart (selling some 3,000,000-odd copies in the process), while their third album (2004's 5x Platinum Feels Like Today) also managed to claim the #1 spot on the all-inclusive Billboard Top 200 chart - no small success for a country-pop trio that formed less than a decade earlier. Rascal Flatts has released two studio albums since Feels Like Today (2006's Me and My Gang and 2007's Still Feels Good), as well as a live concert album and a compilation album. All told the band has produced a whopping 23 singles, 9 of which managed to rise to #1 - among them "Bless the Broken Road", "Here", "What Hurts the Most", and "My Wish". Rascal Flatts plans to release their seventh album, aptly titled Unstoppable, sometime in 2009.

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Rascal Flatts is an American / band founded in Columbus, Ohio. Since its inception, Rascal Flatts has been composed of three members: Gary Levox (lead vocals), Jay Demarcus (bass guitar, keyboards, vocals), and Joe Don Rooney (lead guitar, vocals). DeMarcus and LeVox are also second cousins. Rascal Flatts has released six studio albums and a greatest hits album, all on Lyric Street Records.

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Rascal Flatts is an American country music group composed of Gary LeVox (lead vocals), Jay DeMarcus (bass guitar, keyboard, piano, vocals) and Joe Don Rooney (lead guitar, vocals). LeVox and DeMarcus are second cousins.

During the 2000-10 decade, Rascal Flatts recorded for Disney Music Group's Lyric Street Records. While on that label, the band released seven albums, all of which have been certified platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In order of release, these albums are Rascal Flatts (2000), Melt (2002), Feels Like Today (2004), Me and My Gang (2006), Still Feels Good (2007), Greatest Hits Volume 1 (2008) and Unstoppable (2009). After Lyric Street closed in 2010, Rascal Flatts moved to the independent Big Machine Records, releasing Nothing Like This in November 2010. Their eighth studio album, Changed, was released in April 2012.

Rascal Flatts' studio albums have accounted for 26 single releases. All of these have charted within the top 20 or higher on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including 12 which reached number one. The band's longest-lasting number-one single, a cover of Marcus Hummon's "Bless the Broken Road", spent five weeks in that position in early 2005. The late 2005-early 2006 release "What Hurts the Most" was a number one on both the country and adult contemporary charts, and peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100.

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