Rascal Flatts Embarks On 'Nothing Like This' Tour Beginning Jan. 14
What's more of an honor, receiving the American Country Award for "Artist of the Decade" or recording a song with Justin Bieber?
Most artists don't have to worry about such a soul-wrenching conundrum, but unfortunately for Rascal Flatts they are not most artists.
In December, the trio from Columbus, Ohio was named "Artist of the Decade" at the first ever American Country Awards. The award show was created and broadcasted by the Fox Network and it's the fourth major award show dedicated to country music. All winners are selected by a fan vote.
Later that month, during a radio interview, Gary LeVox revealed that Justin Bieber asked Rascal Flatts to appear on his next album. The following Sunday, Bieber confirmed LeVox's revelation on his Twitter account.
While the award and the Bieber duet are great honors (once-in-a-lifetime really), a far more interesting development, and one that should really get Flatts fans excited, is the announcement of their own country music festival.
It's called "Flatts Fest" and it will feature major country music artists in a festival akin to Lollapalooza or Ozzfest.
"It's going to be a multiple-artist bill for sure. It's going to be some big names. It's going to be a lot of fun. It's just going to be a big party," said Joe Don Rooney in an interview with CMT.
"Flatts Fest" is definitely in its infancy. There's been no announcement of other artists on the bill, any dates, or prospective venues. Of course, the soonest "Flatts Fest" can start is Mid-march.
The opening acts for the entire upcoming Rascal Flatts tour are Luke Bryan and Chris Young.
The first leg of the "Nothing Like This Tour" began and ended in October of 2010. That leg, as well as the one approaching, is in support of the band's seventh studio album, "Nothing Like This." The opus dropped in November peaking at number one on the Top Country Albums chart and number six on the Billboard 200.
There may not be any dates for "Flatts Fest" but there are for the 2011 Stagecoach Festival. Rascal Flatts is scheduled to headline the event with Kenny Chesney and Carrie Underwood. The two-day long country music concert is set for April 30 and May 1 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California.