Rascal Flatts honor first responders with one-of-a-kind musical tribute 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 )

Sometimes, when words won?t work anymore, music does.

Just ask Rascal Flatts.

During a performance at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on March 5, the incomparable country trio found a way to mesh their music into the wounds of a city still hurting over the effects of 2017’s devastating Hurricane Harvey.

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And as they have done so many times before throughout their long career, Rascal Flatts handled things perfectly.

During a night where Houstonians came together to commend the Houston-area firefighters, police officers and EMS workers for their tireless efforts during the city?s recovery from the hurricane, the members of Rascal Flatts lent their voices to the cause, stirring up emotions via songs such as ?Bless the Broken Road? and ?What Hurts the Most.?

But it was the rendition of their 2007 hit ?Stand? that truly struck the right chord. As Rascal Flatts? Gary LeVox sang lyrics such as “You feel like a candle in a hurricane,? videos of the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts played on screens above them. And as the song built up into an emotional crescendo, a long line of first responders walked in towards the stage from the back of NRG Stadium, according to fan videos and local media reports.

And yes, every one of the 58,000 fans in attendance stood and cheered.

“We are so honored to be here with you guys,” Jay DeMarcus said to the crowd according to media reports. “We thank you for running into danger when everyone’s running away from danger.”


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?First responders, we thank you for blessing a lot of people?s broken roads,? Gary said later in the show. ?Thank you and amen!?

Amen is right.

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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