Rascal Flatts has always been a country group with a pop sound. Sheryl Crow has always been a pop artist who leaned toward country music.
So the pairing of Crow and Rascal Flatts and on the current "Rewind" tour is natural one. And Crow has told concert crowds that she's never had so much fun on tour.
The tour comes to Tampa this weekend, with a Friday stop at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.
Crow is the opening act -- which gives you a pretty good clue as to how huge Rascal Flatts has become -- and Gloriana plays a short "pre-opening" set, that (at least in previous stops on the tour) includes the band's hit "Kissed You Goodnight."
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Crow has been joining Rascal Flatts on stage for a few songs, and Gloriana has joined in with Crow and Rascal Flatts for "Life Is a Highway," their hit cover of the Tom Cochrane song that was featured in the Pixar film "Cars."
All three acts have been playing lots of their hits on the tour, but there have been some surprises as well. In some shows, the three members of Rascal Flatts and the five members of their backing band have sung a doo-wop version of Pharrell Williams' "Happy" that one critic called "priceless."
Details: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301, Tampa. Tickets: $40.25-$80.75. Information: 813-740-2446, livenation.com.
-- Marty Clear