"The answer was no."
DeMarcus said the three recommitted themselves to each other and to making music together as Rascal Flatts. Rather than fall apart, they forged ahead, finished the record, signed a new deal with Big Machine Records and went back out on the road.
"We made a commitment to keep pushing ourselves, to keep challenging ourselves," he said.
"Nothing Like This" was a No. 1 country album, sold more than a million copies and spawned three Top 5 hits. Rascal Flatts played their hearts out all last year and toward the end of it were inducted into the Grand Ol' Opry.
"It was an incredible year," DeMarcus said.
He and his band mates have high hopes to continue on in 2012. They plan to release an album of new material in April.
"We're really excited," he said. "It's always exciting when you get your hands on material you're excited about."
DeMarcus gushed about the record and reflected on how different it will be from the band's first record.
"In the beginning, we were so green," he said. "I think by now we know better what our strengths are and what to zero in on."
The new album, he promised, focuses more on the music of the trio than anything else.
"Not to diminish anything from what our producers have done in the past, but it's really neat to get to the point where we just rely on each other."Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.