A member of Rascal Flatts fills fans in on some sad family news Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for iHeartMedia
AUSTIN, TX - MAY 06: (L-R) Musicians Joe Don Rooney, Jay DeMarcus and Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts perform onstage during the 2017 iHeartCountry Festival, A Music Experience by AT&T at The Frank Erwin Center on May 6, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for iHeartMedia )

CMA “Vocal Group Of The Year” nominee Rascal Flatts is still floating over the success of their limited engagement at The Venetian Las Vegas that concluded on Oct. 21 and eager for fans to fall in love with their new single. “Back To Us.” But away from the spotlight, they are just three guys dealing with the inevitable pressures living their lives, and watching their parents grow older.

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“This is a bittersweet pic: this is the piano I grew up with, and learned how to play on,” wrote Rascal Flatts member Jay DeMarcus in a Nov. 2 Instagram post alongside a pic of his young son seated at the instrument. “It came to our house yesterday from my dad’s house in Ohio, as he transitions to an extended care facility. I can’t begin to explain the memories I have of him sitting at this, playing for hours, our family huddled around, singing together. This piano has now had three generations of DeMarcus’ sitting at it, and oh the stories it could tell!! I laughed, and shed tears at this piano. It is a remarkable treasure to have in our home.”

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Jay has often talked about the inspiration his dad has been to him, especially when it came to his love of music. “I live one thousand memories over and over again every time I go back to my city,” Jay said in a 2014 interview with Columbus Monthly magazine. “My folks still live there, and I try to come back as much as possible to play music with my dad. There is nothing like visiting your roots and remembering when you didn’t have a care in the world. I still feel those old nostalgic feelings when I drive down the streets of Columbus.”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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