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Rascal Flatts switches to Big Machine

Thursday, July 29, 2010 – Rascal Flatts has signed with Big Machine Records. The trio spent their entire career at Lyric Street, which folded into Walt Disney Records last year.

The group's first disc, "Nothing Like This," is due Nov. 16. The first single, Why Wait, written by Neil Thrasher, Tom Shapiro and Jimmy Yeary, is being sent to country radio today.

Big Machine head Scott Borchetta said, "Rascal Flatts are the biggest band in Country Music and we're honored and thrilled to have them join the Big Machine Records family. While they are celebrating their first 10 years together, I selfishly can't wait to start on their next 10 years. They have made a fantastic new album, and they are completely energized and ready to take on not only the U.S., but also the rest of the world. Why wait?"

"We are extremely excited about our new partnership with Big Machine Records," says Jay DeMarcus, bassist and background vocalist for Rascal Flatts. "We believe that Scott Borchetta and all of the folks over there are a perfect fit for what Rascal Flatts is trying to accomplish over the next few years. The last 10 years have been amazing but we are even more excited about the next phase of our career; Scott understands us, he knows what we're about and it's always a wonderful thing to have someone who believes in you and your music that much in your corner."

Dann Huff produced the disc.

The Rascal Flatts catalogue will remain with the Disney Music Group.

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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: Womack planned a good night – Lee Ann Womack pretty much summed up where she's at these days in concluding her show with Don Williams "Lord I Hope This Day Is Good." The ever-strong voiced country traditionalist sang, "I don't need fortune and I don't need fame" with the concluding line of the stanza asking the Man upstairs to "plan a good day for me.... »»»
Concert Review: Cantrell continues to satisfy – Laura Cantrell may never be a country star. Not at this stage of her career when she's 50, touring here and there and releasing new music every few years or so. But five albums in, Cantrell continues as a warm, enjoyable and worthy purveyor of her brand of country. That would mean going towards a more traditional side, not rushing the songs... »»»
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