Both Rascal Flatts and Jason Aldean have earned a host of hits over their years on the country charts, but there is one song that Rascal Flatts regrets a little before it became a hit with their fellow artists. Speaking to Katie & Company of Audacy, Rascal Flatts’ member Gary LeVox announced his first “Fly Over States” rating, which became Aldean’s seventh No. 1 hit.
The song was co-written by Neil Thrasher, a frequent Flatts contributor, who often introduced his songs to LeVox first. “He always throws things at me first and of course I passed them on,” recalled LeVox, citing “Fly Over States” as a song he would have liked to have recorded. Thrasher also accused LeVox of another Aldean hit: “Don’t You Wanna Stay”, but LeVox couldn’t cut it because Rascal Flatts had just released her own duet “Easy” with Natasha Bedingfield.
“We had just cut that song ‘Easy’ with Natasha Bedingfield. When Neil set that up, I said, ‘Dude, I can’t have two duets,'” he said. “I didn’t pass this on – we just couldn’t because we’d already done this song with Natasha. I’m getting a lot of grief from [Thrasher]Aldean went on to record Don’t You Wanna Stay with Kelly Clarkson, and it went to number 1 on the country charts and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Duo / Group Performance.
Rascal Flatts have had their own share of hits in the 20 years they have been a band, including their cover of “Bless the Broken Road,” which topped the charts for five weeks. “I just couldn’t really believe it,” LeVox told Katie Neal when she saw the song stay at number one. But then you go, you know, then it comes on the card and it dies at 40 and you say, “How?” I have no idea anymore. I have no idea anymore. “
“It was great,” he continued. “Then everyone gets married with it … It’s a song that is timeless. And to think that this song was lying around Nashville for 11 years before we cut it was crazy.” “Bless the Broken Road” is still such a popular wedding song that LeVox responded when Neal noted that Rascal Flatts is probably still receiving requests to go to people’s weddings and perform the ballad: “I’ve only been to the last Got about 40 of them in three days. Seriously. “