Last night (2/24) Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney gathered at Nashville’s Renaissance Hotel to relive the band’s favorite memories with country radio and celebrate the hundreds of programmers and on-air talent who have been a part of their ascension on the charts over the last ten years.
The band members took the stage and gave a special acoustic performance for the more than 300 assembled radio guests. Highlights included a rendition of 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 thirteen-week radio promo tour in 2000.
After looking back at photos from the band’s first ten years recalling memories from early gigs, LeVox declared, “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.”
As the evening wrapped, Rascal Flatts honored several country radio stations and programmers who supported Rascal Flatts’ music over the last ten years. Celebrated for most radio airplay 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.