Rascal Flatts: The Official Country Music Group of Ohio

Ohio politicians have been very busy recently. Most notably, State Senator Jim Hughes (Columbus), introduced S.B. 233 which would proclaim the Rascal Flatts as the official country music group of Ohio.

Rascal Flatts

Two of the Rascal Flatts’ members have ties to the state. The lead singer, Gary LeVox, was born in Columbus, graduated from Olentangy High School, and is an alumnus from The Ohio State University. Bass guitarist and pianist, Jay DeMarcus, was also born in Columbus and attended the Tree of Life Christian School. The only member not from Ohio, Joe Don Rooney, is an Oklahoma native. However on February 9, 2013 following a show in Columbus, Ohio’s first lady, Karen Kasich, presented Joe Don with an honorary Ohioan award.


Rascal Flatts OHIO

Photo via: OSU.edu