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Since I was down in the islands last week, I finally had some time to catch up on some must-read materials that I’d been carrying around in my purse. (It’s a really big purse.) So when I tell you that this month’s People Country Special is an absolute fan essential, just know it’s because I read it from cover to cover. And one of my favorite parts is the Rascal Flatts feature. Especially the part when the guys in the trio talk openly about the songs that make them cry. For Jay DeMarcus, it’s Randy Travis’ “He Walked on Water,” which he sang at his papaw’s funeral in 1993. For Gary LeVox, it’s Brad Paisley’s “He Didn’t Have to Be” because his stepdad was the man in his life. “That song always gets me,” LeVox said. And for Joe Don Rooney, it’s Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me.” He says his hometown house in Oklahoma was sold for scrap for $75. “A couple of weeks after that happened, I heard ’The House That Built Me.’ Jeez almighty. I literally had to pull over,” Rooney told the magazine.