Joe Don Rooney, along with second cousins Gary Levox and Jay DeMarcus, are and always have been Rascal Flatts. Though the cousins hail from Columbus, Ohio, the band draws its name from a landmark in Rooney's home state of Oklahoma.
DeMarcus left Columbus in 1992 to chase a music dream in Nashville with the group East to West while Levox embarked on a career of his own, eventually making his way to Music City, as well. DeMarcus ended up in Chely Wright's band where he met Rooney who was her guitarist.
Gigging regularly with Levox at Nashville's Fiddle and Steel Guitar Bar, DeMarcus invited Rooney to fill in for their sick guitarist one night in January of 1999 and the rest is history in the making.
Their signature harmonies layered on top of solid songwriting l... Read more