Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus And Joe Don Rooney Send Fans Into A Frenzy As They Reunite In The Studio

“Hung out with this guy in the studio today,” DeMarcus wrote. “So good seeing @joedonrooney!!!” 

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Posted on November 13, 2023

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Rascal Flatts Members Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney; Photo Courtesy of Instagram

Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney, best known for their time in country supergroup Rascal Flatts, reunited in the studio on Monday, November 13. 

DeMarcus documented the surprise reunion on social media by sharing a selfie with Rooney.  “Hung out with this guy in the studio today, DeMarcus wrote. “So good seeing @joedonrooney!!!”

Joe Don Rooney Makes Rare Appearance

This rare appearance marks one of the very few public sightings of the 48-year-old guitarist as Rooney has remained silent, largely out of the spotlight and off social media since the demise of Rascal Flatts, the award-winning trio best known for hits like “Bless The Broken Road,” “Life Is A Highway,” “My Wish” and more.

The social media post was flooded with comments from excited fans, who were thrilled to see the former Rascal Flatts band members together after a lengthy hiatus. 

“This makes my heart so happy!!! Never been so happy to see someone’s face,” wrote one Instagram user, while another shared, “Good to see you boys!!! Y’all are lookin good!!”

Joe Don Rooney, Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Joe Don Rooney, Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Fans Are Begging For A Rascal Flatts’ Reunion

Others begged them to reunite with Gary LeVox to finally embark on the Rascal Flatts’ farewell tour, which was sidelined due to COVID. The tour was ultimately canceled as Rooney abruptly exited the band, according to LeVox.  

“I’ve never been OK with the way that it ended. I was never OK with… I wasn’t happy that Joe Don quit. It kind of came out of nowhere,” LeVox previously told PEOPLE in October of 2021. “It was like, ‘Let me try to wrap my head around this.’”

Rascal Flatts; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Rascal Flatts; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Why Was Joe Don Rooney Arrested?

The demise of the trio was the start of a tumultuous couple of years for Rooney, who in 2021 faced legal troubles in Tennessee when he was arrested after a motor vehicle collision. Subsequently, he was detained at the Williamson County Jail on a $2,500 bail bond. A WKRN report indicates that he later admitted guilt to charges of driving under the influence (DUI).

According to The Tennessean, Rooney was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in prison, however, only had to serve two days behind bars as the remainder of the sentence was suspended. He was also required to complete a DUI training.

Rooney’s driver’s license was also revoked as part of his sentence. The Kansas native was then able to apply for a restricted driver’s license, which would require him to own a vehicle with a built-in breathalyzer installed.

Joe Don Rooney, Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Joe Don Rooney, Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Is Joe Don Rooney Still Married?

In January of 2023, Joe Don Rooney filed for divorce from his wife, Tiffany Fallon, who was a former Playboy model and the mother of their three children: Jagger Donovan Rooney, Raquel Blue Rooney, and Devon Olivia Rooney. 

TMZ obtained legal documents that claim both parties committed adultery and that Rooney is addicted to drugs and alcohol. The docs also claim that Fallon had an affair with her personal trainer. While she reportedly admitted to the affair, she claims that it began after Rooney “withdrew” from their marriage. He claims it began before he filed for divorce in January of 2021.

Fallon claims Rooney’s “habitual alcoholism and drug abuse” led to the demise of their marriage. TMZ reported that Rooney denied using narcotics, however, he admitted to using cocaine “a few times.”

Joe Don Rooney, Tiffany Fallon; Photo Courtesy of Instagram
Joe Don Rooney, Tiffany Fallon; Photo Courtesy of Instagram

Is Joe Don Rooney Sober? Jay DeMarcus Weighs In

Five months later, DeMarcus appeared on Unlocked with Savannah Chrisley to discuss a variety of topics and he also gave an update on Joe Don Rooney. 

“Joe Don went through his very public debacle a couple of years ago, and he’s better than I’ve heard him in 10 years,” DeMarcus said in June of 2023. “He’s 19 months sober. And he’s enjoying some peace. He’s living and learning how to live again without his addiction.” 

“[I’m] really, really, really proud of him and where he’s at right now,” he continued. “There are just so many steps that would have to take place in order for us to get back to even talking about [getting back together]. I think the further we get away from it, the harder it is. It’s harder to put it back together.”

It currently remains unclear if Rascal Flatts will come back together as a group in the near future, however this reunion gives fans hope.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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