Bobby McGrath wins Rascal Flatts opening slot

Bobby McGrath and his band, the Brothers, will open for Rascal Flatts at the Prudential Center in Newark on Friday.

Bobby McGrath and his band, the Brothers, will open for Rascal Flatts at the Prudential Center in Newark on Friday.

Bobby McGrath is a country artist who lives in New York, and can normally be found playing New York clubs such as the Cutting Room and the Bitter End. On Friday, though, he will get a chance to increase his following significantly, opening fora crowd of thousands at theRascal Flatts concert at the Prudential Center in Newark.

He and his band, the Brothers, won the chance to open the show — which also features the Swon Brothers — by winning a Battle of the Country Bands contest sponsored by NASH-FM (94.7).

The Swon Brothers is a duo featuring two brothers; McGrath’s brother Tommy plays in his band, though the other musicians are high school friends of theirs from when they grew up, in the Albany, N.Y. area.

Rascal Flatts hasreleaseda remarkably consistent stream of country hits over the last 15 years, including this year’s “Rewind” and “Payback.”

Here is a video of McGrath and his band in action:

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