Rascal Flatts Return To Their Roots With 'Back to Us'

Rascal Flatts

(Radio.com) Rascal Flatts' 10th studio album Back to Us, hit stores today (May 19) and has the band returning to its roots. Now 17 years together as a band, the country trio is well aware of what works for them and Back to Us shines the spotlight on frontman Gary LeVox's pristine vocals, guitarist Joe Don Rooney's stellar musicianship, and Jay DeMarcus' production ability.

While DeMarcus took the production reigns on the project, Rascal Flatts' touring band also joined the trio in the studio for a seamless sound fans know and love. Additionally, Rascal Flatts co-wrote several songs on the release as well as cut songs by the likes of Chris Stapleton ("Vandalized"), Josh Thompson ("Back to Us") and Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay ("Hopin' You Were Lookin'" and "Love What You're Done With the Place"). Lauren Alaina also provides powerful guest vocals on "Are You Happy Now."

Meanwhile, the group's infectious lead single "Yours If You Want It" was written by respected Nashville songwriters Jonathan Singleton and the late Andrew Dorff.

"There are certain songs we hear and we're like, yup, let's cut that tomorrow," DeMarcus says. "It made it even more special to have Andrew's blessing," adds LeVox.

"If a song comes in, and it beats one we have written, we are the first to say, 'let's cut it,'" DeMarcus admits. "We don't really care what the critics have to say. When we make our music, we make music for the fans. And they can see and feel that." Read more here.

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