American popular music is born during the Civil War

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With this war, hundreds and thousands of men from every corner of the nation, thrust together as vast armies, bring with them as their primary form of entertainment musical expressions, song-writing styles and traditions previously separated by regional, ethnic and immigrant boundaries.  The American folk song, the sentimental ballad, the inspirational anthem and the religious spiritual are suddenly shared by every American and spread like wildfire across the entire nation.  It is a fire war could not put out and, in fact, has only burned brighter and higher over the years flashing into existence the “music industry” we know and celebrate today.

There are no recording artists better then the cutting-edge, country trio, Rascal Flatts to bring this important aspect of our nation’s history to life.  Having placed 13 #1 singles and 20 Top Tens, seen every one of their studio albums go multi-platinum, with total sales approaching 19 million, been the ACM and CMA top vocal group for an unprecedented seven years in a row, and won multiple American Music Awards and People’s Choice Awards, they have in their ten years together redefined the American sound.

They are excited to produce the soundtrack album for this series, an album that along with Jay DeMarcus’s orchestral score will include original songs by Rascal Flatts as well as their original interpretations of some of the most important and beloved songs in our musical history.  It will also feature original and traditional tracks from their industry peers in a celebration of the birth of the American music tradition.  Joining them so far are recording stars: Kix Brooks, Laura Bell Bundy, John Ondrasik (Five For Fighting),and Dwight Yoakam.

Additionally, Rascal Flatts will be playing featured roles in the series, roles that bring to life the true stories of the private soldiers from both sides of the conflict.