Me and My Gang (song)

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"Me and My Gang"
Single by Rascal Flatts
from the album Me and My Gang
Released April 17, 2006
Format Music download, CD
Genre Country, alternative rock
Length 3:37
Label Lyric Street
Writer(s) Jeffrey Steele, Jon Stone, Tony Mullins
Producer(s) Dann Huff
Rascal Flatts singles chronology
"What Hurts the Most"
(2006)
"Me and My Gang"
(2006)
"Life Is a Highway"
(2006)

"Me and My Gang" is a song written by Jeffrey Steele, Jon Stone, and Tony Mullins and recorded by American country music group Rascal Flatts. It was released on April 17, 2006 as the second single from their album of the same name. The song peaked at #6 on the Billboard country singles charts that year.

Content[edit]

"Me and My Gang" is an up-tempo with electric guitar accompaniment, including a talk box in the intro. In it, the male narrator talks about traveling across the country with his gang.

Tony Mullins, one of the song's writers, said that he came up with the song's main riff while working on another song. Jeffrey Steele then heard the riff and decided that it seemed to fit a title, "Me and My Gang", that he had in his mind at the time.[1] While working on recording the song, Rascal Flatts' lead singer Gary LeVox called Mullins and asked if the original line "dude named king kong eattin' on a ding dong" in the song could be changed. This line became "Dude named Elrod, jammin' on an iPod", which Mullins says was the first line that came to him.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine, in reviewing the album, said that the song seemed like a simplification of Big & Rich's "swagger" and featured similar talk-box riffs to Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer".[2]

Personnel[edit]

From Me and My Gang liner notes.[3]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 6
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 50
US Billboard Pop 100 71

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 38

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tony Mullins Reveals the Story Behind "Me And My Gang"". Great American Country. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Me and My Gang review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  3. ^ Me and My Gang (CD liner notes). Rascal Flatts. Lyric Street Records. 2006. 165058. 
  4. ^ "Rascal Flatts Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Rascal Flatts.
  5. ^ "Rascal Flatts Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Rascal Flatts.
  6. ^ "Best of 2006: Country Songs". Billboard. 2006. Retrieved July 10, 2012.