OFFSTAGE: Rascal Flatts’ Stylist Creates a Color Theme

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I just got around to reading the cover story of the Nashville Lifestyles magazine I picked up when I was in Music City for the CMA Awards in November. It’s all about Rascal Flatts and who their heroes are and why they give back to their communities in such a big way. But then there’s a great little sidebar all about their style. Or, I guess I should say styles, because each member of the band seems to have a distinct look. And their stylist, John Murphy, says that’s the objective. “Joe Don tends to like his clothes fitted a little tighter to bring out the rocker, Gary tends to gravitate more toward a country rock vibe and Jay keeps it casual and cool,” Murphy said. “We tie all three together with a general color theme to give the group a cohesiveness.” Then he talks about how the band has a great tailor who alters their clothes but is also responsible for adding embellishments to their stage clothes. So if you are out looking for the pair of rhinestone-studded jeans you saw on Gary LeVox, you may have to find that tailor or embellish them yourself. Country fans, start your Bedazzlers .

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.