Rascal Flatts – ‘Changed’ In More Ways Than One

SLN Staff Writer • April 3, 2012 - 2:49 pm

Rascal Flatts is back in stores today with the release of Changed, the band’s eighth studio album. The album’s title says it all, but the trio recently revealed that they have actually gone through more changes than fans would expect. In fact, 18 months ago, Rascal Flatts almost called it quits.

The most-awarded country group of the decade was once on top of the world, and the charts. The band was selling out concerts, winning awards, and releasing No.1 singles, but recently, Rascal Flatts seemed to be losing momentum. Ticket sales were dropping, award nominations weren’t coming in, and singles weren’t climbing to the top.

“It was going bad,” says Gary LeVox in the new movie, “Rascal Flatts-CHANGED: One Night Only™ Exclusive Movie Theatre Event.” “It was going south to the point where I think everybody wanted to quit.”

Rascal Flatts, who recently celebrated its tenth year as a band, have seen a lot of change in the past few years. The trio signed to Big Machine Records in July of 2010 after their longtime record label home, Disney’s Lyric Street Records, closed its doors. Seven months later, they announced that they were parting ways with longtime management Turner Nichols and Associates and signing with Spalding Entertainment, which also manages artists such as Jason Aldean and Sara Evans.

Luckily for Levox and bandmates Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney, those changes resulted to move the band in a positive direction.

“The dynamic is so different now than it was, but there were some really tough years,” shares Jay DeMarcus. He said they began to ask themselves, “Do we really want to do this for another 10 years? Do we have 10 years left in us? Do we have something left to say as a band?”

The answer was yes.

“We’ve been required to lean on each other in this past year-and-a-half more than we ever have before,” DeMarcus tells The Tennessean. “Because when the rubber hits the road, it wasn’t about our management and it wasn’t about our record label, it was about what was the best thing for the three of us. And, this is it.”

The result is Changed, the album Rascal Flatts thinks is the strongest of their career.

“I think you can hear the growth and maturity in this record like nothing we’ve ever put out before,” DeMarcus says. “I think there is a marked and noted difference in this music on this record that I don’t think you would have heard in the last two.”

Fans can pick up a copy of Changed, available in stores and online now. For more behind-the-scenes interviews with Rascal Flatts, be sure to check out “Rascal Flatts-CHANGED: One Night Only™ Exclusive Movie Theatre Event.” Tickets are now available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.