- 12:53 PM, May 20
Joining the likes of Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, and Carrie Underwood to perform at the 2006 Academy of Country Music Awards set to be held on May 23 in MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Rascal Flatts sure is still one interesting act to watch in this year judging from their fourth album's success to break into 1 million copies sale only two weeks after its launching in early April. What's more, the band is likely to mark the year with their lauded live performance as they have already prepared the second leg of their U.S. tour throughout the rest of 2006 which surely will delight fans all over the country. Scheduled to begin on May 26 in Holmdel, New Jersey, it will be carried out around 40 other cities before ends by September 16 in Raleigh, North Carolina, making up such a hectic schedule for the trio to undergo therefore.
Known for its pleasing harmonious sound, Rascal Flatts was originally formed by two Columbus natives Jay DeMarcus (born Stanley W. DeMarcus Jr. on April 27, 1971) and his second cousin, Gary LeVox (born Gary Wayne Vernon Jr. on July 10, 1970), who both shared the same profound interest in music as they grew up together in this capital city of Ohio. The idea to establish a band first came into Jay's mind when he managed to flourish a productive musical career with Christian pop group East to West besides being a session musician following his relocation to Nashville since 1992. Feeling that Gary could help materializing his dream, he then approached the guy and successfully convinced him to leave his job at the state's Department of Mental Retardation to begin working on the concept hand in hand by the year 1997.
Slowly building their reputation in the local music scene, the duo delightfully made their way to earn frequent stints at a Printer's Alley club accompanied by a part-time guitarist. On one night, however, the man was unable to back them up and in search for the substitute, Jay thus invited a friend he previously met when taking jobs in Chely Wright's band named Joe Don Rooney (born on September 13, 1975 in Baxter Spring, Kansas). Upon finding that his playing style suited them well, Jay and Gary quickly offered him to join them along, therefore making the fixed formation of Rascal Flatts with Gary in lead vocal and Jay in