Rascal Flatts will officially become members of the Grand Ole Opry during an induction ceremony on Saturday night. It has been just over a week since Vince Gill surprised the trio with the invitation and the band’s Jay DeMarcus tells Billboard they are still in disbelief.
“It’s pretty overwhelming,” Jay said. “It’s been over a week, and we still can’t believe it. I remember going to the Opry with my family growing up all the time. We sat up in the nosebleeds looking down on that little circle, and would just imagine being out there and singing out there. For it to all come full circle like it has is so emotionally overwhelming.”
By joining the Opry, Rascal Flatts becomes part of a family that includes artists such as Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins as well as legendary artists such as Roy Acuff and Hank Williams. It is a humbling honor for the band.
“It’s almost one of those things where you don’t feel worthy to be in the same breath as those other names,” he said. “I feel like it’s one of the greatest honors I’ve ever achieved. I honestly feel that way, and I know the guys do too. I don’t know how to describe it – to think that for as long as we’re on this earth, we will be in such a sacred circle of artists.”
The band’s current single, “Easy,” features Natasha Bedingfield and is moving up the charts. While the band has recorded duets with other artists, this is the first duet they have released as a single.
“It was one of those songs that was pitched to us for the last record, and we fell in love with it immediately,” Jay said. “I think it was Gary’s idea on the bus one day – ‘You know, this could be a cool duet.’ The more we talked about it, the more it made sense. We were huge fans of Natasha’s. We sent her the song, she knew who we were, and was a fan of country music. She had known us for “God Bless The Broken Road” and “What Hurts The Most.” She came to Nashville, and watching the two of them in the studio was very inspiring.”
Rascal Flatts’ induction into the Grand Ole Opry can be seen right here on GAC on Saturday, October 8 at 9/8 CT during Opry Live.