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When Rascal Flatts released new single “Rewind” in early January, the song announced a simpler sound for the award-winning trio, one that built on their signature harmonies while eschewing some of the more grandiose production of past hits.
And band member Jay DeMarcus says “Rewind” is indicative of what he and Flatts mates Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney are planning for their upcoming new album.
“We felt like it was important for us this time, after we got together and talked, to sit down and challenge ourselves musically,” says Jay, who is producing some of the album, along with longtime collaborator Dann Huff and rock producer Howard Benson. “I don’t feel like anybody knows us better than we know ourselves. So why not go in [the studio], experiment and figure out, more importantly, what not to do, as well as what to do.”
Jay says that it’s what the guys decided to leave out that helped them land on this fresh sound.
“I remember one time Joe Don and I were sitting at the console doing some guitar overdubs, and we said, ‘What if we do this, and we don’t do that?’ Just a couple little things, but it was like a light bulb went off,” he says. “We discovered this cool direction. . . . It’s been an exciting record because we’ve had the chance to do a bunch of different things.”
Rascal Flatts takes their new songs on the road this summer, when they launch the Rewind Tour 2014 on May 16 in St. Louis, with special guests Sheryl Crow and Gloriana.
To read more of our interview with Jay, Joe Don and Gary, pick up the Feb. 10 issue of Country Weekly , on stands now.