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I have to admit that, while I don’t enjoy most of their songs, some are my total guilty pleasures! Their newest single, Banjo, is one of them, so I thought I would pass along this info I got…

peermusic Writer Neil Thrasher Celebrates Rascal Flatts #1 with “Banjo”
Shares Special Moment with His Parents!!

Nashville, TN (Friday, June 15, 2012) ASCAP and BMI Nashville hosted a #1 Party this week at Puckett’s in downtown Nashville to celebrate Rascal Flatts’ latest #1 at Country radio, “Banjo.” The song marks their 14th #1 song at Country radio and the group’s first #1 with Big Machine Label Group.

L to R : Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts), Jerome Spense/ Creative Director of Film & TV, Joe Don Rooney (Rascal Flatts), Gary LeVox (Rascal Flatts), Betty Lane Thrasher, Neil Thrasher/Writer peermusic, Joe Thrasher, Kim Wiggins/ Creative Manager peermusic and Becky Shanks/ Office Manager peermusic

peermusic’s Neil Thrasher co-wrote the lead single from the band’s current album CHANGED, with fellow songwriters Wendell Mobley and Tony Martin. The honor was made even more special for Thrasher because his parents Betty Lane and Joe were on hand to celebrate his success, even when a table of “heckler’s” in the audience, which consisted of Gary, Joe Don and Jay, shouted out to him…”hey, thanks for dressing up for us!” to which the audience exploded with laughter. Thrasher was not the only person during the celebration who caught a zinger or two from the jovial bunch.

“We couldn’t be happier to have Neil as a part of the peermusic family and celebrating this current success with him makes it all the sweeter,” says Kevin Lamb, Vice President/ peermusic Nashville.

“This is Neil’s third #1 song this year!! His other two #1’s are “Tattoos on This Town” and “Fly Over States” recorded by Jason Aldean,” says Michael Knox, Producer/Sr. Creative Director/ peermusic Nashville.

A Birmingham native, Thrasher grew up surrounded by music. His father was a member of the gospel group the Thrasher Brothers, (who were inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 2005,) and he soon followed in his father’s footsteps, moving to Nashville and pursuing his own music career. In 1996 he signed to Atlantic Records as part of the duo Thrasher Shiver and began landing cuts for other artists like Diamond Rio and Billy Ray Cyrus that same year.

Over the past decade Thrasher has penned hits for Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Montgomery Gentry, Carrie Underwood and Trace Adkins, among others. He won the Gospel Music Association Country Song of the Year Award in 2010 for his song “Somebody Like Me,” which was recorded by Christian artist Jason Crabb. “Banjo” marks Thrasher’s 4th #1 song for Rascal Flatts! His other Rascal Flatts #1 songs include, “Why Wait,” which is also a peermusic song, “Fast Cars and Freedom” and “Take Me There”

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