Rascal Flatts ‘get back together’, Jay DeMarcus’ wife Allison believes: ‘They’re still good friends’

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Rascal Flatts may return to the highway soon.

The country music trio made up of Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus was set to traverse the countryside on a farewell call, “Rascal Flatts Farewell: Life Is A Highway Tour,” but “unforeseen” circumstances derailed the band’s plans to perform.

“I think COVID really led to the band canceling their farewell tour and eventually going their separate ways,” DeMarcus’ wife Allison told Fox News Digital while discussing the inaugural Miss Volunteer America Pageant system. It’s an organization she leads, designed to provide scholarships to young women.

“Jay started another band just for fun, called Generation Radio, but he’ll have to start playing some music again because that’s exactly what he likes to do, and I’m not cheap,” she joked.

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According to Jay DeMarcus’ wife Allison, Rascal Flatts could be back on the highway in due course.
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Founded in 2020 with a mission to “bring 80s rock and classical music back to life,” the new supergroup consists of two-time Grammy Award winner DeMarcus; Jason Scheff, longtime lead singer of the multi-platinum band Chicago; and Steve Ferrone, drummer for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.

They are joined by Chris Rodriguez and Tom Yankton, who have played alongside Garth Brooks, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Loggins, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Christina Aguilera and a host of others.

But it became one hurdle after another for the Flatts when the “Bless the Broken Road” hitmakers announced their intentions to pass it one more time before dropping out. But the train never left the station due to the pandemic that choked live music venues and Rooney unexpectedly left the band, a decision that still irks LeVox, he told Fox News Digital in October.

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“I wasn’t happy that Joe Don quit,” LeVox revealed, adding that his bandmate’s departure “came kind of out of the blue.

“It was like, ‘Let me try to wrap my head around this.’ And then I certainly wasn’t okay with the pandemic canceling everything I hate the way it ended I hate that we didn’t get to do this farewell tour I can’t stand the fact that it just feels like there’s no closure with something we’ve been So blessed with. That will always remain in my heart.”

The country music trio consisting of Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus would traverse the landscape during a farewell call, "Rascal Flatts Farewell: Life Is A Highway Tour," but "unforeseen" circumstances derailed the band's plans to perform.

The country music trio made up of Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus was set to traverse the countryside on a farewell call, “Rascal Flatts Farewell: Life Is A Highway Tour,” but “unforeseen” circumstances derailed the band’s plans to perform.
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Rooney has stayed in the record industry through frequent collaborations with emerging artists. News broke in September that he had been arrested for drunk driving in Nashville after driving his vehicle into a tree line.

Despite the uphill battle the Flatts have endured in recent years, Allison was optimistic.

“I really believe the band will be back together because they’re all still friends and business partners, and they’ve had such a strong bond for so long,” she said.

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“I really believe the band will be back together because they’re all still friends and business partners, and they’ve had such a strong run for so long.”

— Allison DeMarcus

For its part, the host of “Reel Eats” is focused on the world of the pageant. She shared with Fox News Digital that $150,000 in scholarships will be awarded during national election week beginning May 4 in Jackson, Tennessee.

It culminates in the Miss Volunteer America Pageant on May 7, where 47 young women from across the country compete for top honors. titleholders.

As of April 1, 2022, state titles have been crowned across the country in the Volunteer Pageant system with more than $500,000 in college scholarships already awarded at the state level.

Allison said her goal is to expand the pageant to international success, handing out $1 million in scholarships each year.

“We’re almost there,” she said. “Let’s face it, education isn’t getting any cheaper. So introducing these young women to experiences that can shape their lives in a big way is what keeps us going.

Allison added that while she doesn’t sleep much as it is with her various ventures, she hadn’t slept for the days leading up to election week.

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“I have so many wonderful people around me that I can call on at a moment’s notice, and they help me create so many opportunities for young women to pursue their dreams and continue their education,” Allison added.

Although she has made her own way in the pageant industry as Miss Tennessee Teen USA in 1994, Miss Tennessee in 1999 and Miss Tennessee USA in 2002, the mother of two with a Netflix reality show, “DeMarcus Family Rules,” said she could have never envisioned the path her life would take.

Allison Demarcus has devoted decades to the pageant world.  She shared with Fox News Digital that $150,000 in scholarships will be awarded during National Election Week, which began May 4 in Jackson, Tenn.

Allison Demarcus has devoted decades to the pageant world. She shared with Fox News Digital that $150,000 in scholarships will be awarded during National Election Week, which began May 4 in Jackson, Tenn.
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“I can’t say I could have ever imagined the success I’ve seen in the entertainment industry, but I have a voice that’s great enough to hold a two-minute tune as a pageant queen, and Jay is like that” As an amazing artist in his own right, I think the opportunity to show our family on Netflix was something new and exciting, and we definitely made the most of it,” she explained.

Allison claimed that by giving young women the opportunity to pay for their education, she is stepping back in time when she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life.

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“I’m still trying to think of what I want to be when I grow up!” she joked. “Jay always knew music would be his way, which is a gift of being able to identify your strengths early on. So participating in pageants and maintaining my presence in pageantry allowed me to grow in the entertainment field , and I’ve always wanted to use my platform just to help others achieve their own dreams.”

“Gen Z is behaving and thinking differently than millennials, who are different from the ones that came before them, so there’s a new generation of young girls who don’t answer emails, DM them, and they’re on TikTok and all these other social channels, so it’s important to create a foundation that they want to be a part of, and to do that, we need to go where they are and contact them in different ways that show that we’re capable to keep up with the times.”

When asked if the current pageants still have a “Miss Congeniality” slant, Allison bet her own script would be better.

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“I could have written a lot of pageant movies that were a lot funnier than ‘Miss Congeniality,’ because the cast of characters you come across in the pageant industry are so hilarious, and it’s all real,” she said.

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