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Rascal Flatts celebrates decade

Thursday, February 25, 2010 – Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney celebrated their 10th anniversary Wednesday with an acoustic gig in Nashville.

Gathered at Nashville's Renaissance Hotel with more than 300 country radio programmers and DJs, Rascal Flatts played Shenandoah's Church On Cumberland Road with Marty Raybon along with their own version of Jessie's Girl called Bubba's Girl, which they created during their 13-week radio promo tour in 2000.

After looking back at photos from the band's first 10 years with radio and recalling memories from early gigs, LeVox said, "The reason we're here is because you gave us the chance to do all that. Thank you country radio for an amazing first ten years in the business."

Rascal Flatts honored several country radio stations and programmers who have distinguished themselves with support for Rascal Flatts. Celebrated for most radio airplay overall were WQIK/Jacksonville, WTQR/Greensboro and KUBL/Salt Lake City. WCOL/Columbus, KNIX/Phoenix and WKHX/Atlanta were honored for the most spins for the band's first single, Prayin' For Daylight while KBEQ/Kansas City received the designation of being the first radio station in the country to play their debut single. All honorees received a custom Rascal Flatts 10-year commemorative Les Paul guitar.

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