Preview: Rascal Flatts at Nationwide Arena

By Columbus Alive
From the January 19, 2012 edition

Though Rascal Flatts’ Gary Levox and Jay DeMarcus hail from Columbus, they didn’t congeal into the world-conquering country band Rascal Flatts until moving to Nashville and teaming with Joe Don Rooney. They left town as unknowns; they return to headline arenas.

The latest homecoming comes on the heels of a new single, “Banjo,” a tale of leaving behind technology and glitzy urban excess and driving your pickup truck into rustic regions until you hear a banjo plucking — all this enveloped in big-budget Nashville gloss, of course. Hey, pop music thrives on contradictions.

Sara Evans and Hunter Hayes open the show.