"Our philosophy has always been: Best song wins"

By Annie Reuter

Rascal Flatts will release their ninth studio album Rewind on May 13, and while they don’t have the track listing completely finalized just yet, the band gave a preview to Radio.com of a few of the songs that could make the final cut.

“It’s been a lot of years,” Joe Don Rooney told Radio.com. “To try to grow from the success you’ve had is really hard to do in any business. I feel like we’re going in the right direction. ‘Rewind’ is a good taste of where it’s headed.”

He’s talking about the title track to the album and current single, which the band stumbled upon and fell in love with.

“The chorus was so catchy and hooky,” Jay DeMarcus said. “Especially the middle of it, ‘So you can let it fall one more time.’ I took it and played it for the guys and they felt the same way. We went in and cut it and I think it turned out better than we expected. It’s a great song and we’re proud of it.”

Related: Watch Rascal Flatts’ nostalgic video for ‘Rewind’

Two additional tracks that the band is certain will make the final cut are “Memphis” and “Payback.”

“‘Memphis’ we’re over the moon about,” DeMarcus said. “[It’s] by the same guy [Marcus Hummon] who wrote “[Bless the] Broken Road. We’ve had a long-term relationship with him for years. We’re really excited about it. It’s a big over-the-top ballad. It’s less commercial than other things that are on the record but it’s one of those moments that we just knew we had to cut that song and be part of it because it’s so special.”

“Payback,” on the other hand, is a tongue-in-cheek track which highlights the band’s fun side as a girl tries to make her boyfriend jealous.

“It’s a fun little revenge tune that’s awesome and I think the girls are going to love that one,” DeMarcus added. “We didn’t write the song, we found the song, or it found us. It’s revenge driven in a funny way. What he’s saying is basically, ‘Let’s dance together at this club tonight. We’ll take some pictures and put them out on the Internet and he’ll see it and it’ll piss him off and he’ll wonder.'”

Related: Rascal Flatts announce 2014 ‘Rewind’ Tour

Rascal Flatts’ Rewind will be released on May 13, and pre-orders are ongoing at the band’s website.


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