Watch Rascal Flatts' performance of “He Ain’t the Leavin’ Kind” that brought the Grand Ole Opry audience to its feet

Rascal Flatts has always had a knack for choosing songs that straddle between country and Christian music. In their 15-year history as a band, perhaps never did they do this more effectively than on their song “He Ain’t the Leavin’ Kind”, which served as the closing track on their 2006 album “Me and My Gang”.

While the song’s lyrics point to a faith-filled interpretation of the good Lord never leaving us in times of trouble, it had a bit of a different meaning on the night of May 22, 2012, when Rascal Flatts performed the tune at the Grand Ole Opry’s salute to the military.

During the performance, lead singer Gary LeVox could often be seen pointing up to the heavens, indicating his intentions to make sure the song was interpreted correctly. It wasn’t until the end of the song that the audience began to see that the song was also meant to pay homage to the United States Marine Corps in a stunning and emotional sign of support.

Incorporating Journey’s 1981 hit “Don’t Stop Believin’,” six United States Marine Corp members dressed in their full regalia joined Rascal Flatts on the stage as the music played on and the ovation in the hallowed halls of the Grand Ole Opry grew louder and louder, proving once again how music, no matter how it is interpreted, works wonders.

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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