Rascal Flatts on Soaking Up Sheryl Crow’s Energy

Sheryl Crow is opening for Rascal Flatts this summer, but to hear the band talk about it, it sounds like they have her up on the pedestal usually reserved for the headliners.

“It’s gonna be nice to be around her and soak up some of that energy and some of that creativity and hopefully jump on one of her buses and write a few tunes ourselves,” Jay DeMarcus said in a recent radio interview.

Crow will join Rascal Flatts for their Rewind tour starting May 16 in St. Louis. They will be stopping all over the U.S. and Canada before the tour wraps in Detroit on Sept. 21. Gloriana will open the shows.

While Crow is relatively new to country music, she’s been making music — and fans — for two decades. Her breakout hit “All I Wanna Do” was released 20 years ago, on June 21, 1994. Fast forward all those years and plenty of hit songs later, and she’s just released a second single “Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely” from her 2013 country album Feels Like Home.

DeMarcus said he and his bandmates are really excited about having Crow on the road.

“We’ve been a fan of Sheryl’s for a long, long time, and she’s just a wonderful, talented person and we’re gonna have a lot of fun,” he said. “We’re gonna try to do some things together in our show and just have some fun. We’re gonna get in and start rehearsing and see what comes out of it. As far as an artist goes, she’s been one of my favorites for years and years and years, and she plays everything under the planet.”

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