Rascal Flatts arena-sizes it

Rascal Flatts arena-sizes it

There are 10 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Sep 19, 2009, titled Rascal Flatts arena-sizes it. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

You have to hand it to Rascal Flatts. While many a country act has borrowed riffs and thundering bass lines from the 'classic rock' crowd, this Ohio-cum-Tennessee trio has correctly calculated that country fans want something else that the rockers deliver: Spectacle.

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Johnny Cash

Elk River, MN

#1 Sep 19, 2009
You couldn't pay me to sit through this manufactured crap. What ever happened to country music with soul? If 15 year old girls couldn't get money, bands like these would be still playing in a beer tent somewhere. It's time for another shake up in Nashville. It's time originality and music with substance got some play.
Highwayman

United States

#2 Sep 20, 2009
Johnny Cash wrote:
You couldn't pay me to sit through this manufactured crap. What ever happened to country music with soul? If 15 year old girls couldn't get money, bands like these would be still playing in a beer tent somewhere. It's time for another shake up in Nashville. It's time originality and music with substance got some play.
Amen !!
Bob the Bilderberg

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Sep 20, 2009
Any man who attended this show should turn in his testicles. He's not using them anyway.
lonny

Stillwater, MN

#4 Sep 20, 2009
haha you 3 need to wake up and get past the 1950's.
Chuck Fesney

United States

#5 Sep 20, 2009
Quoted from the article: "The act that took country music to the top of the pop charts" And that is exactly what the problem is with "todays "country". It is now pop and is miserable. Luckily there is XM, Pandora, iTunes and other means of finding real music out there and not the corporate music overplayed on FM radio. I guess if radio plays certain bands over and over on the radio people will buy into the fact that it must be good and the only thing out there. There is still country music out there that is original and has soul. Its found in bands such as Jason Boland and The Stragglers, Randy Rogers Band, Stoney Larue, Roger Creager, Aaron Watson and many more coming out the Texas/Red Dirt scene that corporate radio refuses to recognize. If you want outlaw music check out Jackson Taylor and The Sinners. Their song "Country Song" says what alot of us feel. When its about ratings and ticket sales and worrying about what 15 year old girls will buy then the art and message are gone.
steve

Eau Claire, WI

#6 Sep 20, 2009
comparing rascal flatts to Garth Brooks, really, they dont deserve to be Garth's stage crew set up guys.
steve

Eau Claire, WI

#7 Sep 20, 2009
thats right Chuck, throw in some Kevin Fowler, some ragweed and you've got it all
Chuck Fesney

United States

#8 Sep 20, 2009
Steve-good additions to a list that could go on and on. Wade Bowen, Back Porch Mary, Micky and the Motorcars, Reckless Kelly and Robert Earl Keen to name a few more. So glad to have found the alternative to this watered down pop passed off as country coming out of Nashville.
Mike

Saint Cloud, MN

#9 Sep 20, 2009
Enjoy Rascal Flatts while you can, as soon as the next big thing comes along. Before Rascal Flatts, Lonestar was the big thing and all of a sudden they went away. Kenny Chesney has been touring constantly and last week said he's burned out and wants to take time off. Once they make their multi-millions, there's no reason to go from city-to-city. Ask Brooks and Dunn, they've lasted as long as anybody and they're calling it quits. Darius Rucker surprises me at how good a country act he is. How could they give Julianne Hough the "best new country artist" award last spring? Were the voters looking at her or her music? Your dancing career isn't part of the criteria.
Mike

Saint Cloud, MN

#10 Sep 20, 2009
Chuck Fesney wrote:
Quoted from the article: "The act that took country music to the top of the pop charts" And that is exactly what the problem is with "todays "country". It is now pop and is miserable. Luckily there is XM, Pandora, iTunes and other means of finding real music out there and not the corporate music overplayed on FM radio. I guess if radio plays certain bands over and over on the radio people will buy into the fact that it must be good and the only thing out there. There is still country music out there that is original and has soul. Its found in bands such as Jason Boland and The Stragglers, Randy Rogers Band, Stoney Larue, Roger Creager, Aaron Watson and many more coming out the Texas/Red Dirt scene that corporate radio refuses to recognize. If you want outlaw music check out Jackson Taylor and The Sinners. Their song "Country Song" says what alot of us feel. When its about ratings and ticket sales and worrying about what 15 year old girls will buy then the art and message are gone.
Unfortunately, there's plenty of good country music from the 70's and 80's that went away because consultants don't want middle-aged people listening to their radio station. They're interested in teens and twenty-somethings.

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