Ellen: Rascal Flatts Changed
Ellen invited country music superstars Rascal Flatts on the show to perform the title track from their new album Changed. The album is their first release since 2010. The first single, “Bangjo,” reached number one on the Billboard Country Chart.
Ellen: Is “Changed” A Country Song?
The song seemed somewhat peculiar. Despite that Rascal Flatts are huge players in the country music scene, “Changed” was not a country song. It was a rock song.
The only things that really distinguished the song as being country was Gary LeVox’s twangy vocal drawl and the pedal steel guitar that played beautifully shimmering lead lines. Aside from that, it really was more of a pop-oriented folk rock song than it was a country song.
The rhythm guitar just strummed chords and let them ring, instead of doing the trademark country “boom-chicka-boom-chick” strum. The lead guitar played an excessively distorted solo.
The song was slow and melodramatic with no real danceable pulse–something that’s pretty important in country music. The only other saving grace to this song’s claim to being country was the bass.
But again, it just didn’t make you feel like you had to get up and dance and that’s what country music does. Even when the singer is telling you about being so lonesome he could cry, the music still makes you move. This song didn’t do that.
It was good, but it simply wasn’t country. Admittedly, that shouldn’t be surprising. After all, look at them–country singers with frosted tips? In the immortal words of Waylon Jennings, “Are you sure Hank done it this way?”
Rascal Flatts Changed Review
Despite genre confusion with this particular song, Rascal Flatts performed it very well. The mix was beautiful and crystalline. Every single instrument could be heard. It sounded full but at the same time like there was plenty of space.
The band was tight and each member seemed to really believe in what they were doing and what the song was trying to say to people.
The coolest part of the song was undoubtedly the lap steel guitar and the walking bass lines that were scattered here and there.