Rascal Flatts Inadvertently Kicks Off Ohio Legislature Controversy

The “official country music group” of Ohio?

photo by Randee St. Nicholas/BMLG

It started out as a nice gesture: An Ohio state senator, at the suggestion of a constituent, introduced a bill to make Rascal Flatts the “official country music group” of the Buckeye State, the home state of lead singer Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus.

“They have always been a group that has remained loyal to their roots and have showed their allegiance to the state of Ohio in many ways,” Sen. Jim Hughes told members of the Ohio Senate’s State Government Oversight and Reform Committee, according to a Youngstown newspaper.

“Committed to giving back, they are known for their charitable work and have even performed for charities in Ohio.”

Sounds good, right? But then other committee members, from both sides of the aisle, suggested other Ohio country artists who could be honored, like Grandpa Jones, Dwight Yoakam, Johnny Paycheck and Roy Rogers.

“It seems to me that naming [Rascal Flatts] as the official country act of the state of Ohio does so perhaps to the exclusion of others that are worth considering,” said Sen. Frank LaRose, who added that he does have a great deal of respect for Rascal Flatts.

Stay tuned . . .

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