Joe Don Rooney

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Joe Don Rooney
Rooney at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in September 2012
Background information
Born (1975-09-13) September 13, 1975 (age 38)
Baxter Springs, Kansas, USA
Genres Country
Instruments Electric guitar
Acoustic guitar
Bass guitar
Labels Lyric Street Records (1999-2010)
Big Machine Records (2010-)
Associated acts Rascal Flatts

Joe Don Rooney (born September 13, 1975 in Baxter Springs, Kansas) is an American musician and the lead guitarist and high harmony singer in the American country pop trio Rascal Flatts.

Raised in Picher, Oklahoma, his first known band, Uncle Thumbtack, was formed in the early 1990s in Miami, Oklahoma with Boone Pickens and Fred Samuels, two lifelong friends. In addition to electric guitar, Rooney plays the acoustic and bass guitars, as well as mandolin. His influences include guitarists Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Joe Don Rooney's first band was called UncleThumbtak formed in 1992 with Gregory Fitzgibbon (Singer-Songwriter and Bass guitarist), Erin Fitzgibbon (Singer-Songwriter and Acoustic guitarist), Colin Frayser (Drums) and Jason Winnie (Rhythm Guitar) and Joe Don (Lead Guitarist and back up Harmony). Joe Don frequently jammed with family member musicians Justin Speer, Tracy Conder, and Jeramy Essary (to whom he later dedicated "I'm Moving On")

Joe Don married former beauty queen -- Miss Georgia USA 2001 and Miss USA 2001 2nd Runner-Up and 2005 Playmate of the Year Tiffany Fallon on April 23, 2006. The couple was featured in the Playboy Cyber Club's celebrity photographer section, with the nude pictorial of Fallon being shot by Joe Don himself. The couple have a son named Jagger Donovan Rooney, and a daughter named Raquel Blue.[2]


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