Glamour Finds Rascal Flatts

When I read Glamour, it’s usually just for the glamour. This time, though, there was a little Q&A with Rascal Flatts that I thoroughly enjoyed.

I thought it was going to be about their evolving styles or their behind-the-scenes grooming secrets. Instead, it’s about their collective journey through the country music world.

For Joe Don Rooney, that journey has been “fast.” For Gary LeVox, it’s been a “rollercoaster.” And for Jay DeMarcus, it’s been “epic.”

They also revealed what have been some of the trio’s most surreal moments. LeVox said it was selling out Chicago’s Wrigley Field, back in July 2009.

“That was pretty huge, and we were the first country act to ever be in that stadium and sell it out,” he said. “You can’t dream that big.”

Rooney pointed to winning their first award.

“I think it was an Academy of Country Music award for group of the year in 2001, and we felt like babies back then,” he said. “I remember them saying our name and not being able to feel anything. You’re trying to feel your legs to walk up the steps.”

They also talk openly about the not-so-glam side of the music business. Management disputes, switching producers and making tough changes all seem to be part of Rascal Flatts’ what-doesn’t-kill-us-makes-us-stronger mentality.

Oh, and they also list their favorite live shows:

DeMarcus: The Eagles

LeVox: U2

Rooney: Metallica

And most importantly, the band revealed its new single will be released on Jan. 13.

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