On May 22, 2012, Rascal Flatts pleased audience at the Grand Ole Opry with their christian-infused megahit, “God Bless the Broken Road.”
But before doing so, they filled their fans’ hearts with joy and laughter by adding some lighthearted humor into the mix before belting out the song’s lyrics.
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“This is a song that’s probably one of our most requested songs,” said group member Jay Demarcus, “and we hope you like it. It was a big hit for us back in 1967.”
Feeding off of his buddy’s sarcasm, the band’s frontman, Gary LeVox, joked, “A lot of you got married to this song, and if your marriage isn’t working out, we’ve got another one called “I’m Moving On,” that we can do for ya!”
And of course, any Flatts fan would know that the trio actually took the tune up the charts back in 2005 — not 1967. Aside from their wisecracks, the country group then channeled their No. 1 song’s poignant lyrics with true emotion.
That performance was all part of a taping called the Grand Ole Opry’s salute to the military, which was to be aired on the GAC: Great American Country network days later. And with the song’s ability to pull at people’s heartstrings and inspire them to use it as their wedding song or to request it for a loved one, it comes as no surprise that it is now providing inspiration for a Harold Cronk directed faith-based film called “God Bless the Broken Road.”
The movie’s storyline will focus on a young mother who faces struggles during the aftermath of losing her military husband when he dies overseas, Deadline reports.
While Rascal Flatts is known best for their version of “God Bless the Broken Road,” which appeared on their “Feels Like Today” album, the Marcus Hummon, Bobby Boyd and Jeff Hanna-penned cut was actually first recorded by “ “The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.”
On June 17, Rascal Flatts will headline their 2016 Rhythm and Roots Tour with opening acts Kelsea Ballerini and Chris Lane.