Country music harks back to a more courteous era, when kids still called women “ma’am” and men “daddy ma’am.” Tip your hat to the good ol’ days with this GrouponLive deal to see Rascal Flatts with The Band Perry and Kristen Kelly at Spokane Arena. For $32, you get one ticket for seating in rows G–P of sections 201–204 or 216–219 on Thursday, January 24, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $64.75 value, including all fees). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
True country fans and musicians know that the genre’s ethos and mythology demand respect. So even though Rascal Flatts could build a beanstalk to heaven’s attic when stacking the number of records they’ve sold, their proudest achievement is their membership in the Grand Ole Opry family. It ain’t a family one can just marry into; it has to be earned by true hearts of the art form, and it cements Rascal Flatts’ immortality in the country-music canon.
From humble beginnings on Nashville’s Printers Row to sold-out shows across the globe, Rascal Flatts have seen the country world latch onto them like biscuit buckles to gravy belts. The band members continue their winning streak on their latest album, Changed, and their 2013 tour. While frontman Gary LeVox’s tough-and-tender croon could make a Royal Palace guard break down in tears, the harmonies of guitarist Joe Don Rooney and bassist Jay DeMarcus send their ballads and boot-scooters over the moon. The trio exudes showmanship and charisma during their set, mixing time-tested No. 1 hits such as “These Days,” “Fast Cars and Freedom,” and “Banjo” with inspired covers, most notably their jaunty take on Tom Cochrane’s “Life Is a Highway” from the Pixar film Cars.
Fellow chart juggernauts and award magnets The Band Perry join the Rascals for this tour, filling their air with banjos, mandolins, and gutsy vocals. The three-piece band of Mississippi siblings first shot up the charts and shimmered in the national spotlight with their ethereal hit “If I Die Young.” And since they didn’t die young, they’ve continued their country-pop crusade, even enlisting renegade producer Rick Rubin for their soon-to-be released second album. Rising star Kristen Kelly gets the show off to a hip-shaking start with peppy twangers such as the vengeful and liberating hit “Ex-Old Man.”
Rascal Flatts – “He Ain’t the Leavin’ Kind” (Live at the Grand Ole Opry)<p>
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