Rascal Flatts released a new single, “Banjo,” to country radio on Monday (Jan. 9). It’s the first release from an album expected this spring on Big Machine Records. “Banjo” will go for airplay impact on Jan. 17. The group’s Thaw Out 2012 tour will launch Thursday (Jan. 12) in Charleston, W.Va., with guests Sara Evans and Hunter Hayes (“Storm Warning” ). Rascal Flatts’ previous album, Nothing Like This, was released in November 2010. That album included the hits “Why Wait,” “I Won’t Let Go” and “Easy” (with Natasha Bedingfield).