Rascal Flatts Guitarist Joe Don Rooney Charged with DUI in Nashville Area: Report

by Evan Reier
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Rascal Flatts member Joe Don Rooney was reportedly charged with driving under the influence in Williamson County, Tennessee on September 9.

Reports from the Tennessean and Nashville’s News 4 came on Friday, as police confirmed that the guitarist and vocals contributor was booked by the Williamson County Sherriff’s Office.

Police say that the Rascal Flatts member crashed into a tree early Thursday morning. The wreck occurred sometime close to 4 a.m. local time. Officers responded to the scene and then took Rooney to the local county jail. His bond was set at $2,500, which he paid immediately.

Joe Don Rooney and Rascal Flatts

Rooney’s work expands beyond Rascal Flatts, but there’s no question that his work on guitar for the band is his most prominent. Joining Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus, the group formed in 1999. The country music trio became one of the most prominent members in the scene, having 16 different singles reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

For many, the song that made the biggest splash in the mainstream was 2006’s “What Hurts the Most,” which spent a considerable amount of time at the No. 1 spot on both the Hot Country Songs chart and the Adult Contemporary chart.

Rooney’s role in the band also expands beyond playing guitar. A trademark of the group’s work is their harmonizing vocals, with LeVox leading and DeMarcus and Rooney providing backup.

The trio announced that they were calling it quits as a group in January of 2020. Alongside the announcement, they also revealed they would be doing a farewell tour. However, the group had to indefinitely postpone the goodbye to fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There is currently no official word on when the farewell tour could kick-off.

Could the Band Reverse Retirement Decision?

There may be no official word from the band, but that could mean as much positive as negative. In fact, DeMarcus actually talked about how the COVID-19 pandemic shifted how they’re approaching retirement.

Talking to Taste of Country, the bassist and background vocalist explained how 2020 changed things.

“It sucked, let’s be honest about it,” DeMarcus said. “…You know, it’s been really tough. It’s been so hard to know that it was stripped away from us, and we didn’t get to go out on our terms, and we didn’t get to say goodbye and celebrate with our wonderful fan base. Been a hard thing.”

It’s the musician’s follow-up answer that gets fans excited.

“I think all of us are at this place right now,” DeMarcus continued. “To where it might not even be a farewell tour — who knows? We may feel compelled enough to go back out and do the music. I’m just speaking theoretically, but [we might consider doing] 10, 15 shows a year, enjoy our Rascal Flatts music along with the other things we have going on in our lives.”

Keep your eyes peeled.

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