Rascal Flatts to Play Last Night of CMA Fest—but Not Last

“We’ve learned a valuable lesson,” Jay DeMarcus says. “I don’t wan to be the last one anymore.”

They say timing is everything.

And Rascal Flatts has had some bad timing, but the trio won't make that mistake again at this year's four-day CMA Music Festival, which starts Thursday (June 7) in Nashville.

In festivals past, Rascal Flatts has taken the last slot on the last night, to really close out the festival with a bang. But by then, the fans are whimpering, the trio's Jay DeMarcus tells ABC News Radio.

"We've learned a valuable lesson. If you go on last on a Sunday, everybody's beat," he said.

"So we're gonna go on about about 7 o'clock, and I think it's perfect. I don't want to be the last one anymore and just have people staring at you like, 'Oh God, this has been the longest week of my life!'"

If you're not in Nashivlle, don't worry. ABC will air a highlights show Sept. 17.

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