On Nov. 2, 2014, Nashville’s Fiddle & Steel Guitar Bar swung open its doors one last time, and Rascal Flatts swung by to play a 90-minute jam session.
At the time, the band had already packed in a collection of albums with a boatload of hits including “Bless the Broken Road,” “What Hurts the Most” and “I Melt,” so it was no question that they would be playing to a big audience.
But that wasn’t always the case.
In fact, the Fiddle and Steel Guitar Bar was a playground for Rascal Flatts in their early days, and long before they became famous, the first song they ever played together was “Church on Cumberland Road.”
Channeling Shenandoah’s No. 1 hit song, lead singer Gary LeVox and guitarist Joe Don Rooney gripped the microphones and started off in beautiful harmony. Call it a blast from the past, but that night the boys took it back to where it all began.
Unfortunately, the “Here Comes Goodbye” group played that show to say goodbye to the Printer’s Alley bar that gave them so many memories.
But for one Rascal Flatts member, Jay Demarcus, “Church on Cumberland Road” came full circle. He will help produce Shenandoah’s next album – the first album for Shenandoah in 10 years.