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Rascal Flatts plays Mid Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre May 24.

TAMPA — Rascal Flatts will perform Friday, May 24, 7:30 p.m., at Mid Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre, at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N., Tampa.

Tickets start at $33.75. Call 813-740-2446 or visit www.livenation.com.

Rascal Flatts kicks off their stacked headlining “Summer Playlist Tour” May 16 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Following stops in Missouri, Illinois and South Florida, the band will take the stage at Mid Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre. For the tour, the trio will be curating a playlist of special guests to join them this summer. Known for being tastemakers and champions of artists in the country genre, Rascal Flatts has invited Lee Brice, Billy Currington, Jordan Davis, Jimmie Allen, Morgan Evans and LOCASH on select dates along the way.

“We’ve been so fortunate on our journey to be able to have the best of the best new and established artists join us out on the road each summer,” said Gary LeVox. “It’s so awesome to see those artists go on to such amazing successes. We’re excited this year to be able to have an awesome lineup of special guests and we’re just ready to get back out on the road this summer. It’s where we are at our best.”

The story of Rascal Flatts can be easily broken down into numbers: one band, 10 albums, 16 No. 1 hits and more than 23 million records and 10 million tickets sold.

Time and success have only put Rascal Flatts closer to their core as demonstrated on “Back to Us,” their 10th LP that’s both a return to form and a proclamation of everything that this trio has come to represent over nearly two decades. The 2017 album showcases the band’s expert musicianship, razor-sharp vocals and songs that have shaped lives, loves and the genre of country music itself.

“We’ve gotten to do so much more than we ever dreamed of,” said LeVox, who formed the best-selling vocal group of the past decade with Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney back in 1999.

Rascal Flatts have won over 40 awards, graced stages around the world and put time into charity organizations that have touched many lives. When it came to make their 10th album, they decided to focus on their roots, letting DeMarcus take the primary production reigns. The trio also hit the studio with their touring band for some of the tracks, a rarity in a town of session players, creating an authentic feel, anchored by Rooney’s world class guitar work, an unrivaled key that unlocks the trio’s signature sound. And not only did they pick the best songs and work with the best songwriters, they had a hand in writing many of the tracks themselves.

“Back to Us” is the follow-up to “Rewind,” the band’s fourth album for Big Machine Records, which gave them their 15th and 16th No. 1 hits with the progressive title cut “Rewind” and the undeniably infectious “I Like the Sound of That.” With tracks produced by both Jay DeMarcus and Howard Benson, they pushed their music to innovative places under the leadership of Scott Borchetta, Big Machine Records president and CEO. It was Borchetta who, for “Back to Us,” urged the trio to come back around to the core that propelled them back at the very beginning.

“He said, ‘I think the magic pill is the three of you guys,” said DeMarcus. “And he was right. We don’t have anything to prove anymore.”