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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: What I love about Rascal Flatts

Published: Thursday, Nov. 24 2011 3:00 p.m. MST

Rascal Flatts is, from left, Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney.

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If it weren't for one of my good high school friends, Corrine Foster, I don't think I'd have discovered or had such a love for the band Rascal Flatts.

I remember listening to their CD "Melt" up in my room and instantly falling in love with their sound and songs. Listening to lead singer Gary Levox hit notes that even I found difficult to reach both fascinated and slightly infuriated me. No way could a country boy band be that good.

Well, they are.

And after luckily spilling my ice cream all over my lap and being offered fifth row seats by their tour manager who bumped into Corrine and I while we were frantically trying to wipe up the sticky mess without missing a single song at their concert a few years back, Rascal Flatts became even more special to me.

I'll never forget the exhilarating feeling of descending one, two, three levels of EnergySolutions Arena, making our way onto the floor, past hoards of screaming girls to the trio. They were so close we could see tiny beads of sweat on their upper lips as they sang. These guys had it all: great sound, great songs, great charisma.

Rascal Flatts has sold more than 20 million albums, 25 million digital downloads and has won nearly 40 awards from the ACM, CMA, AMA and People's Choice, not to mention the incredible honor of receiving its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The band has set more venue attendance records than any country act en route to ticket sales of $6 million and counting.

And if numbers don't speak for themselves, their sound does.

I think one of the best words to describe Rascal Flatts is energy. Their songs are so catchy and driving, you can't help but sing along. They have a clear, recognizable sound and the ability (and opportunity) to pick the "sweet songs" that get them those hit numbers and high sales.

My oldest son's favorite movie is "Cars," and I recently downloaded the soundtrack for him to listen to while we're driving. Because he doesn't know the names of the songs, he relates them to the corresponding part in the movie. His favorite one is the "Mack" song, or the song that plays while Mack drives Lightning McQueen to California for a rematch race to win the Piston Cup. The song is "Life is a Highway," remade by Rascal Flatts.

It's so neat to hear him sing along in his little 3-year-old voice to a band that has helped me make so many beautiful memories growing up, from jamming with friends to dancing at weddings to riding in cars.

This one-of-a-kind country trio continues to make great music that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, and that's what I love about the guys from Rascal Flatts.

Carmen Rasmusen Herbert is a former “American Idol” contestant who writes about entertainment for the Deseret News.

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