On This Day: Rascal Flatts Release No. 1 Hit ‘Fast Cars and Freedom’ in 2005

by Katie Maloney
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Sixteen years ago, country music superstars Rascal Flatts released their number one hit song, “Fast Cars and Freedom.”

Rascal Flatts released “Fast Cars and Freedom” in March 2005 as the third single from their album Feels Like Today. The song is about looking back on the time you first met your partner and feeling the same way about them now that you did back then. During the song, lead singer Gary Levox sings, ‘Wait, baby, don’t move, right there it is. T-shirt hanging off a dogwood branch. That river was cold, but we gave love a chance Yeah, yeah, to me, you don’t look a day over fast cars and freedom. That sunset river bank first time feeling.”

“Fast Cars and Freedom” became Rascal Flatts’ fourth No. 1 single. The song spent 25 weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and peaked in the number one spot.

Rascal Flatts “Fast Cars and Freedom”

Rascal Flatts Lead Singer Loves Hunting – Maybe Even More Than Music

Certainly, Gary Levox, the lead singer for Rascal Flatts is passionate about music. Gary discovered a love for music as a kid while singing in church. When he was only eight years old, he performed in his first musical at the church. After graduating from college, Gary moved to Nashville to see if he could make it as a professional musician. Fast forward a few years and Gary is the frontman for the iconic country music trio, Rascal Flatts. However, there may be one thing that Gary is even more passionate about than music – hunting. In fact, he is such an avid hunter that he even convinced his former bandmates to schedule tours around hunting season.

“That pretty much gives away who does the schedule,” said Gary during an interview. “We usually try to finish up right at the beginning of bow season or a week or two into October. We’ve been blessed enough to be able to adjust our schedule…they’ve always been really cool about it. I tell them, you know, the end of the season starts in January, so any time after that I will give all that I can give up until that point, but I’ve got to have October/November off.”

Gary Owns a Farm Named After the Band’s Number One Hit Song

Gary even owns Fast Cars and Freedom Farms – a 2,000-acre hunting retreat in the hills of Tennessee. During an interview, Gary said that purchasing the property was a childhood dream come true.

“I grew up having to get permission to hunt on private land in Ohio, and over the years it became increasingly difficult to obtain permission. So even at an early age, I had the dream of owning my own piece of land,” Gary said. “In fact, the first song I ever wrote has a line it that says, ‘I wanna log cabin home on a fifty-acre lot surrounded by trees that surround the pole barn to give shade to the horses we bought.’ It was the most important thing on my bucket list, and I was so blessed to be able to fulfill that aspiration several years ago.”

Now that the Rascal Flatts have retired, Gary will have a lot more time to dedicate to his favorite hobby.