Rascal Flatts Long for Longer Breaks

Jay DeMarcus Says “I Wish It Was Slower”

In a way, we’re all kind of in a hurry to get things done, to quote Alabama’s 1992 hit song. We rush and rush until life’s no fun.
And country artists are no exception. In a recent Q&A with Forbes, Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus admitted the write-record-tour cycle of the music business feels a little rushed sometimes.
“Typically, every 14 to 16 months, we’re putting a new album out,” DeMarcus explained. “To be honest, I wish it was slower. It’s very hard to pour your heart and soul into something and then feel like you have to turn around and outdo what you’ve just released.”

That would be tough. Because DeMarcus — like so many other artists — says he and his bandmates always feel like their latest album is their best one. So why rush into what’s next? Because according to him, there’s a consistent demand for new material.
“It’s hard to get to the point where you feel motivated and energized to go back in and create new music when you feel like you’ve just drained yourself by pouring everything you have into the previous project. It would be nice sometimes to take a longer break in between projects,” he said.
Then again, the band is always on the lookout for new ideas, so the quick turnaround does give them a chance to incorporate some fresh sounds sooner rather than later.
“I draw inspiration from everywhere, whether it’s country, R&B, gospel. … I think as long as people are doing their craft at a high level, I’m going to have respect for it and find something that appeals to me,” he said.

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