Hunting season is right around the corner, and Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox is more than ready.
The platinum-selling performer and avid hunter recently (Sept. 12) caught up with Big Machine Label Group to reveal how he physically prepares for Whitetail deer season in Tennessee. While discussing his strategy, LeVox paid respect to the hardworking farmers who serve as the backbone of the United States.
The “What Hurts The Most” singer told BMLG that he had already planted the food plots, a necessary step for a successful hunting season. LeVox breaks ground and sprinkles nutritious food each year to attract deer to his land.
He continued to break down his specific process, which is now second nature to the hitmaker.
“What I do is, since the clover lasts so long here, you’ve got the clover on the ground, and then you’re drillin’ in seeds like sugar beets, winter bulbs, and all that stuff for late season that deer and turkey need – not just to attract ‘em, but you know, it’s their Cracker Barrel,” LeVox explained. “It grows up through the clover, and the clover kinda culls the moisture in the ground,” he added.
The tedious task made LeVox appreciate and see the agriculture community in a new light. He understands first-hand the challenges that go along with maintaining a flourishing farm.
“So, there’s a whole science to it. It gave me such a different perspective on farmers around the world because having to depend on Mother Nature for your livelihood is crazy,” he pointed out. “So, it really gave me a deeper appreciation for what they do and what they have to go through cause their entire livelihood depends on it.”
“That pretty much gives away who does the schedule,” LeVox told the Hunt Life Outdoor Show in 2011. “We usually try to finish up right at the beginning of bow season r week or two into October. We’ve been blessed enough to be able to adjust our schedule. My partners Jay and Joe Don, they’ve always been really cool about it. I tell them, you know, the end of the season starts in January. So, any time after that I will give all that I can give up until that point, but I’ve got to have October/ November off,” he added.
His deep-rooted love for the hobby is also displayed in his first official country song as a solo artist, “Get Down Like That.” The up-tempo single was penned by superstars Thomas Rhett, Ashley Gorley, Jesse Frasure, and HARDY. The 52-year-old shows off one of his biggest bucks in the lyric music video, that captures the true essence of a country lifestyle.
Just in time to pursue his passion, the hitmaker wrapped up his first independent tour. LeVox will appear next at the Island Hopper Music Festival in sunny Ft. Myers, FL, on Sept. 25. Tickets are available for purchase, here.