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Nashville celebrates Rascal Flatts

Tuesday, February 20, 2007 – Nashville celebrated Mardi Gras Tuesday by honoring Rascal Flatts, the best selling group of 2006 in any genre.

"An accomplishment like this calls for a celebration," said Country Music Association Chief Operating Officer Tammy Genovese in a press release. "And we were delighted to partner with the City of Nashville to acknowledge the significance of this career milestone and the positive impact that this outstanding group has had on Country Music, Tennessee, and Rascal Flatts' hometown - Music City, USA."

A luncheon was held at the Country Music Hall of Fame featuring speeches from music industry officials and comments from the trio.

"We take seriously the art of making music and try to put a lot of hard work and dedication into our albums," said Jay DeMarcus, Rascal Flatts bassist and background vocalist in the release. "We are very thankful to our fans who have given us the best jobs in the world and are grateful to CMA, the City of Nashville and the country music community for making this our special day."

"Me and My Gang, was the highest debuting album in 2006 with more than 721,000 units sold in its first week. By year end, the disc sold 3.4 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

This marked the first time in the era of monitored music sales that a country group had the top-selling artist album of the year, according to Nielsen SoundScan research.

"We are happy to join CMA and the Nashville community in celebrating Rascal Flatts' many outstanding accomplishments in 2006 and the attention these achievements have brought to both the country music industry and the city of Nashville" said Lyric Street Records President and CMA Board President-Elect Randy Goodman.

The disc features two chart-topping singles, including the band's first crossover hit, the multi-week Adult Contemporary (AC) number one, "What Hurts The Most" and the group's sixth number one country single, "My Wish." Rascal Flatts became one of only three Country artists (including Faith Hill and the Dixie Chicks) in the 45 years of shared Country and AC radio chart history to land 2 different songs in the number 1 position on 2 different genre's radio charts in the same week, when "What Hurts The Most" topped the Radio & Records AC chart in the same week that "My Wish" went to the top on the Mediabase Country chart.

"It's just an honor to be here, another exciting and proud moment for Nashville, Tenn.," said Nashville Vice Mayor Howard Gentry. "Were it not for the country music industry, we would not be able to stand here as proud as we do as a city. On behalf of Mayor Bill Purcell and the Metro Council, we thank the industry for providing these opportunities to grow nationally and also to grow at home in our own community."

Rascal Flatts also has given back to the city. In September, the group held its second concert in support of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, donating $1.4 million since 2005 (the largest donations in the hospital's history).

The trio just hit the road with their "Me and My Gang 2007" concert tour, playing 21 cities before wrapping in early April to work on their next album. The band's 2006 tour played to more than 1 million fans in 74 cities. A total of 61 of those dates were sold out including LA's Staples Center and New York's Madison Square Garden.

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Don't worry. Just because Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox sings, "Try to talk to George Strait into givin' us an encore" on the hit single and title track doesn't mean that the traditional country giant is all of a sudden a cornerstone for the trio that has been front and center of the pop country sound. In fact, they make it quite clear from the second the play button is struck with the hard rocking "Payback" thanks to lots of electric guitar and rocking vocals from LeVox. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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