Preview: Rascal Flatts at Nationwide Arena

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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.