It was back in 2000 when I heard Prayin’ For Daylight.
I was in high school at the time and every morning before heading off to school I’d have my breakfast and watch CMT. While the other kids in school were into the rock scene at the time I was very much into country music. Sometime in the spring of 2000 a new trio started getting play on CMT with the the video for their debut single.
The song was Prayin’ For Daylight and the band was Rascal Flatts. I was immediately intrigued. I had never heard country music life this. It was catchy. It was poppy and it was something I had to have.
From that point on I was a Rascal Flatts fan and continue to be over a decade later. The guys are still going strong as ever and they have just released their first collection of live recordings.
Flash back on a few of their hits as they perform them live as only they can.
The Best of Rascal Flatts Live
Rascal Flatts has always had a unique sound. Lead singer, Gary LeVox, has a great voice. It blends pop and country perfectly and really led the way for the way country music was recorded and performed in the ’00s. The other guys added their top notch instrumentation to the live show immediately and later had their playing on every RF record.
The guys are great and their first live record is just as wonderful.
1. Bob That Head
It’s a great way to start out a record. The song was made for the live show. Bob That Head was a pretty big hit for the guys at radio, but it was really made to kick off a great live show. It gets people on their feet and gets them screaming and yelling. You need a great opener and this one certainly accomplishes that task.
2. Bless The Broken Road
Rascal Flatts took a pop song most country fans had never heard and turned it into one of the biggest hits of their career. Bless The Broken Road became an anthem for many of the Flatts’ fans. It’s a great song about life, love, and all the pain that can sometimes come with it. In the end we seem to find our way and end up with the person we’re supposed to be with even if it means a few wrong turns along the way. What a great song.
3. Still Feels Good
It was never a single, but the title track from the fifth album still plays well in the live show. It’s a great song. Sometimes there isn’t enough time to release all the great songs as singles, but the band brought back this classic for their live performance.
4. Here’s To You
The guys play well to the crowd. They release songs that will do well in the live show and they even release these tracks as singles. The ode to the fans became one of the bigger hits for Rascal Flatts.
5. Medley: I’m Movin’ On, Skin (Sarabeth), Feels Like Today
When you have tons of hits it’s impossible to work them all into a live show. Medleys are the answer for many of the biggest artists. here we have RF playing three of their classic hits and some of the most important in their career. My favorite of the three is I’m Movin’ On. It was the biggest hit from the guy’s first record.
The Me And My Gang album has been the biggest for the guys thus far. To close out the album the guys released what was my personal favorite song from the collection, Stand. It became yet another hit for the trio and things just kept right on going. It sounds great live too as you can hear from this track. It’s a powerful and uplifting song.
7. These Days
The Flatts’ career has been marked by a few milestones. One of those moments of change came with the release of These Days. The song was the first number one hit for the guys. It also showed the world that they were not just a one album wonder. The song ushered in a successful sophomore set and really kept the momentum going strong and the guys still haven’t slowed down.
8. What Hurts The Most
By 2006, Rascal Flatts had already ascended to superstar status. But it was this year and the release of What Hurts That Most that really took the guys to international superstar success in the pop world. The song was huge. It was on every channel and station no matter what the genre and the guys were blowing up. The song marked a slight change in style and the the Flatts really found their groove. Things haven’t slowed down much since this song was released. It was a good direction change and really the song that took things to a whole new level.
9. Life Is A Highway
It was the unlikely hit from the movie Cars. The song was never officially released as a single, but the video was played non-stop on CMT and GAC and the radio DJs had no choice, but to push this track up the pop and country charts. People fell in love with this cover of the classic rock hit. The guys of Rascal Flatts added their own fresh take on the song including some killer guitar parts. When this one comes on the radio you just feel like dancing.
10. Encore: Foreplay/Long Time, Free Ride
Fans go to see their favorite artists perform the hits from the radio, but artists like to throw in some cover songs as well. It gives them a chance to change things up and also to show off their influences. With this encore medley on the live album Rascal Flatts is able to put a great spin on a classic rock song and another classic ’70s hit. These are both great. I’m a huge, huge Boston fan and love this song. You can’t beat it and the guys do a great job.
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