REVIEW: Rascal Flatts’ “Banjo”

They’re back! The boys of Rascal Flatts are ready to dominate country radio with the upcoming release of their album. The first single, “Banjo,” is set to impact radio this Monday (January 17).

With a brand new year ahead of them, it’s no doubt that they are about to embark on the continuous path of their success. “Banjo” seems like the perfect way to start such a journey.

This toe-tapping melody possesses a flare of old-time country that might not be as prominent amidst the modern era of country music. In comparison to their previous number one hits that sing of love lost and love shared, this song embraces the roots of country-livin':

“You kick it into four wheel drive when you run out of road. And you go, and you go and you go-go-go ’til you hear banjo.”

Personally, this song is reminiscent of Keith Urban’s old music with his band The Ranch … “Walkin’ The Country” anyone? Hey, we’re not complaining. In fact, it’s refreshing. It’s nice to hear this talented, attractive, popular band get down to the heart of country music rather than buy into the commercialism of the music industry that pushes emotionally-charged hits.

Joe Don Rooney stated, “It’s got that raw countriness to it that’s just so fun. I think everybody, by the first chorus, will get it and be singing along to it.” He went on to say that the song is, “a sentiment about getting away from it all, getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and sort of breaking out and finding a spot way out in the country and drivin’ and drivin’ and drivin’ until you go so far you start to hear a banjo.”

“Banjo” will be featured on their upcoming album and can also be heard live as the boys hit the road this week on their winter tour Thaw Out 2012.

Check out the song here and let us know what you think!

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