|Artist: Rascal Flatts|
|Me and My Gang finds Rascal Flatts again drawing on many of Nashville's finest writers, including Jeffrey Steele, Neil Thrasher, Tony Mullins, Wendell Mobley, Jason Sellers and Monty Powell. The group has also co-written three of the CD's songs, with Joe Don contributing "Cool Thing," Jay "To Make Her Love Me" and all three "Pieces." They continue to up their level of musical involvement, with Jay playing bass throughout and Joe Don playing every guitar part on the record.|
Led off by the Jeffrey Steele / Steve Robson-penned smash, "What Hurts The Most," Me and My Gang finds the trio yet again reaching new heights. "Working with Dan Huff (producer) brought us to a new level," says LeVox. "Collectively we feel this is the strongest album we've done to date," says Rooney. "Lyrically, melodically and emotionally this record took us to another place. We are excited to bring this new music to the fans."
This bonus edition features Flatts' smash hit from the Cars> soundtrack "Life is A Highway."
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Rascal Flatts: Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney, Jay DeMarcus.|
|Personnel: Joe Don Rooney, Jonathan Trebing, Dann Huff, Tom Bukovac (guitar); Travis Toy, Paul Franklin , Russ Pahl, Bruce Bouton (steel guitar); Jonathan Yudkin (banjo, mandolin, fiddle, cello); Darrell Scott (mandolin); Alyssa Park, John Wittenberg, Connie Ellisor, Mario de Le¢n, Roberto Cani, Peter Kent, Carl Gorodetzky, Pamela Sixfin, David Davidson , Armen Garabedian, Josefina Vergara, Charlie Bisharat, Tereza Stanislav (violin); Kris Wilkinson, Gary VanOsdale (viola); Suzie Katayama, Larry Corbett, Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen (cello); Tim Akers (accordion, keyboards); Gordon Mote (piano, keyboards); Howard Duck, Charles Judge (keyboards); Chris McHugh, Jim Riley, Lonnie Wilson (drums); Eric Darken (percussion).|
|Audio Mixer: Justin Niebank.|
|Recording information: Blackbird Studios, Nashville, TN; Emerald Entertainment; Masterfonics, Nashville, TN; Ocean Way Nashville; O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA; Quad Studios, Nashville, TN; Sound Emporium, Nashville, TN; Starstruck Studios; The Sound Kitchen, Nashville, TN.|
|Photographer: Chapman Baehler.|
|Nashville-based country-pop superstars Rascal Flatts can seemingly do no wrong. Their first three albums sold remarkably well on the strength of the band's streamlined, commercially oriented sound and penchant for swelling, heart-tugging ballads. ME AND MY GANG, the group's fourth release, delivers more of the same, which promises to suit the band's legions of fans just fine.|
|The album's lead-off single, "What Hurts the Most," is a case-in-point for Rascal Flatt's winning formula: a ballad-tempo number with a lilting verse, sweetened by the group's patented harmonies, that segues into a soaring, heartrending chorus about love and loss. "Along the Broken Road," a tale of love's difficulties, strikes a similarly familiar emotional and stylistic chord. That Rascal Flatts' songs sound as comfortable on mainstream pop radio as they do on country stations is a testament to the band's crossover appeal, and ME AND MY GANG delivers on that appeal in spades.|
Producer: Dann Huff; Dann Huff; Rascal Flatts
Engineer: Jeff Balding; Justin Niebank; Mark Hagen; Mills Logan; Steve Churchyard
Associated Artists and Works
|Release Date : 04/04/2006|
|Original Release Date : 2006|
|Catalog ID : 65075|
|Label : Hollywood|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00720616507525|
- "[W]hen they latch on to a smartly crafted, emotional pop hook...they will bring out the woman in you."
By any measure, Rascal Flatts is in elite territory. In 2005, the group earned its third consecutive ACM and CMA Vocal Group of the Year awards, and added Billboard and R&R Artist of the Year trophies as well. The trio also picked up its first three Grammy nominations, and their "Bless The Broken Road" received the Grammy for Country Song of the Year. Rascal Flatts was the most played artist on country radio in 2005, spending ten weeks at #1 on the radio singles charts.
As they have grown musically, they have continued to reach personal milestones. Gary is married, with two daughters, Brittany, 6, and Brooklyn, 2. Jay married a former Miss Tennessee in 2004, and Joe Don has wedding plans this year. Their growth as people is reflected in the ever-increasing depth of their music, and they are enjoying both the effort and the rewards.