Review: Grammy-winning Country Music Trio Rascal Flatts at the Minnesota State Fair

Updated: 08/31/2012 11:57 AM By: Sarina Long







Country music fans of all ages filled the Grandstand at the Minnesota State Fair Thursday night.

The place was chock full of cowboys, leather boots, plaid shirts, cutoff jeans, and short shorts.

Grammy-winning, country music favorites, Rascal Flatts headlined the show as they venture from city-to-city to promote their newest album, "Changed."

"Given what we've been through the past two years," says Jay DeMarcus (bass guitar, keyboard, piano, vocals), "I don't think there could be any better title. This feels like the next step in Rascal Flatts' evolution."

Love, marriage, and starting a family are all great changes. When their longtime label Lyric Street Records shut its doors in Spring 2010, Rascal Flatts quickly partnered with current label Big Machine Records and released the album, Nothing Like This, by that Thanksgiving. Throw in a management switch and that’s a lot to go through in a relatively short period of time.

While the Grammy-winning trio performed "Life is a Highway," (from the Cars movie soundtrack), lead singer Gary LeVox brought up two adorable little fans to help him sing a few lyrics.

The crowd went wild!

That high-energy remained throughout the 90 minute show, especially when Rascal Flatts turned to the audience for special requests.

"How many of y'all have been married to this song," Gary asked as the band started playing "Bless the Broken Road."

It wasn't my wedding song but he's right, the sweet love song sure is popular.

The current "Changed Tour" features a new production stage and an all-band set up with Little Big Town, Eli Young Band and Edens Edge opening.

Little Big Town hit the stage at 8:15 PM.  The quartet: Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet were promoting their latest (fifth), album "Tornado," set to release on September 11th.

“We hope this goes platinum on Monday y’all!” lead singer, Karen Fairchild yelled out to the crowd.

The set included the band's first platinum single "Pontoon," Top 10 Country Hit "Little White Church," "Boondocks" and more.

For a complete list of upcoming shows at the Grandstand, click here Minnesota State Fair.