Rascal Flatts - "I Won't Let Go"
By: Matt Bjorke
Throughout their career Rascal Flatts has a very strong history of recording songs that touch the heart of many people, from “I’m Moving On,” to “Bless The Broken Road” to “Skin (Sarabeth)” to “My Wish,” the band has a way with tender ballads that often become their signature songs. Add “I Won’t Let Go” (Listen) to this list. Written by Steve Robson and Jason Sellers, this ‘power ballad’ showcases off the better parts of Gary LeVox’s singing style as he sings the melody of the lyric in a soft, tender tenor that is often the best pocket of his voice and while he does some vocal runs throughout the song, he sings this song in a tone that suits him the best.
Each year country music has a few songs that work well as wedding first dance songs and “I Won’t Let Go” is 2011’s version of that. But you know what, it works for more than romantic situations. It could be about a best friend being there through thick and thin, it could be a parent showing support for their child, and it could be a community that won’t let their poverty stricken people fall through the cracks. It’s an inspirational type of song and along with LeVox’s measured vocal, the harmonies from Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney provide icing on the cake while Dann Huff and the band’s production isn’t masked in a wall of sound like some past tunes have.
Rascal Flatts has rarely, if ever, sounded better than they do on “I Won’t Let Go,” which means that country radio will eat this song up and I wouldn’t be surprised to see this one cross over to adult contemporary radio stations and even gain popularity in the UK as it’s a universal theme that is for sure more than ‘just’ a country song (the production doesn’t really have any ‘country markers’ either). While some will still find reason to drink some of the ‘hateraid’ that many ‘traditionalist’ fans for anything the group does, this is a song that could end up being one of the biggest hits they have ever had.