Rascal Flatts is celebrating sweet sixteen, as “I Like the Sound of That” becomes their 16th song to top the country charts. Joe Don Rooney thinks it’s even more incredible, when you consider their album Rewind is nearing the two-year anniversary of its release.
“It’s crazy because this album’s been out for a couple years. It’s like the album that won’t stop. We keep on going back to the drawing board and going, ‘What else can we put out that might work?’ you know,” he says.
“‘I Like the Sound of That’ is one of the first songs that we put on hold, one of the first songs that we recorded. And it just has a life to it, you know,” he adds. “And we knew it had to be heard at some point. It was the perfect timing, I think for the perfect song to kind of rejuvenate Rascal Flatts a little bit — a little shot in the arm, and we needed it, honestly.”
Jay DeMarcus agrees that the song, written by Best New Artist Grammy winner Meghan Trainor and Shay Mooney of Dan+Shay along with tunesmith Jesse Frasure, has injected some much-needed energy into the band’s sets.
“We were kinda due for an uptempo hit, to be honest,” Jay says.
“An anti-wrist-slitter?” Joe Don interrupts.
“Yeah,” Jay agrees. “We’ve lived our lives for so long on ballads that we needed something fun and something energetic and it’s been the perfect shot in the arm for us. It really has been!”
This summer, Jay, Joe Don and Gary LeVox head out on the stripped-down Rhythm & Roots Tour with Kelsea Ballerini and newcomer Chris Lane. They play their first date June 17 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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