Rascal Flatts is having a very good year. In early April, the Big Machine Records superstar vocal trio, which includes Picher-bred guitarist Joe Don Rooney, debuted their eighth studio album, “Changed,” at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. Today, Rascal Flatts have officially earned their 14th No. 1 single at country radio with “Banjo,” the lead single off “Changed.”
After only being on the charts for 16 weeks, “Banjo” mightily ascended to the top of the Billboard, Mediabase/Country Aircheck and MusicRow charts for the week ending April 28, according to a news release.
“Thanks to country radio and our fans for loving this song,” said Rascal Flatts lead vocalist Gary LeVox in the release. “You guys never cease to amaze us!”
“Banjo”— along with the entire “Changed” album— has received rave reviews from some of the most revered music critics at the Associated Press, New York Times, NPR and USA Today. To read my review of “Changed,” click here.
The accompanying music video for “Banjo” garnered Rascal Flatts a 2012 CMT Music Award nomination for group video of the year. The CMT Music Awards air live on Wednesday, June 6 and fan voting is available now through June 4 at www.cmt.com.
“Banjo,” was written by songwriting veterans Tony Martin, Wendell Mobley and Neil Thrasher. “Changed” was produced by Dann Huff and contains five songs written by the members of Rascal Flatts.
Since their musical debut in 2000, the band has sold more than 21 million albums, 25 million digital downloads and delivered 14 No. 1 singles. As one of the hottest-selling acts on tour in any genre, they’ve sold more than 6 million concert tickets, and counting.
On June 15, the Flatts will kick off their summer tour, Farmers Insurance Presents “Changed Tour,” with Little Big Town, and Big Machine Label Group labelmates Eli Young Band and Edens Edge.
Before launching the tour, the vocal group will help raise money for Folds of Honor by performing a special concert May 28 at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Tickets are $125 and go on sale April 12. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Folds of Honor Foundation. For more information, go to www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com.
For tour dates and album updates, go to www.rascalflatts.com.