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Rodney Atkins

Friday, July 26, 2019, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

love the grit," says Rodney Atkins. "I love getting sawdust on me. I
love getting under the hood and getting grease all over: working hard, until
your knuckles are busted."

            After more than two decades in
country music, it"s hard to imagine that the Tennessee-born Atkins could still
treasure the difficult moments and the arduous process of creating a song from
the ground up. But he"s just the kind of artist who loves the roots as much as
the tree. With six No. 1 hits under his belt, four studio LP"s and over 13
million units sold, Atkins is more invested than ever in making honest,
authentic records that tell a story and showcase his unique place in the world,
which is exactly what he does on his forthcoming fifth LP. But it took a
moment, about three years ago, for him to take stock not just of where he"d
been, but where he was going.

            "I equated it to my bow and
arrow moment," Atkins says. "I felt like I needed to stop, take a few
steps back. Re-aim. Re-adjust. Get back on target, and to the level I wanted to
operate on."

            It was a logical moment – in the
wake of his first greatest hits compilation, Rodney Atkins Greatest Hits, in 2015, he wanted his next sonic
offering to not only push country music forward but stay connected to what had
always made it great to begin with. And, in Atkins" eyes, that"s songs about
the highways of life, family and  love.
And one true love, in particular. For Atkins, that"s his wife Rose Falcon
Atkins, to whom he owes so much of his creative reinvention. He credits Rose, a
singer and artist herself, with helping him to find his voice again – to
re-embracing melodies and the art of singing itself. Her fingerprints, whether
lyrically, in a duet or just in spirit, are all over his forthcoming record.

            "When I met Rose, the world
made sense," Atkins says. And he started to see music in a whole new way,
writing songs and searching for ones that explored that beloved grit but were
tender, too; songs that could be blasted while driving down the road or after
hunting in the field but tailor-made for first kisses and first dances -- songs
that will live with his fans at every moment, because they lived with him, too.

            "I"m a song mechanic," he
says. "I just love working on songs." Whether writing with Rose or a
stable of other revered co-writers, digging for the best jewels on Music Row or
offering up his own versions of new classics like Jason Isbell"s "Cover Me
Up," his forthcoming record explores the many sides of an artist who is
only moving forward and never too proud to do what makes him a little
uncomfortable. From the southern swagger of "What Lonely Looks Like"
or the timeless twang of "Caught Up in the Country," that pushes
boundaries through a thunderous beat and vocals from the Fisk Jubilee Singers,
they all paint a picture of a man who isn’t afraid to show what he loves – be
it the country lifestyle or the woman by his side – because that"s just who
Atkins is. And that, he thinks, is what"s most important.

"Authenticity is everything to me," says Atkins,
who created much of the album from his own home studio in the hills of
Nashville. "It"s being honest, being real. Not being afraid to reveal that
piece of you. It"s about being willing to put it out there." Indeed, there
are songs about fitting in and finding a place, about our weaknesses and joys,
about watching children grow and about simply letting go. Known for his
numerous hits including six chart-topping tracks: "Take A Back Road,” “It’s America,” “Cleaning This Gun
(Come On In Boy),” “These Are My People,” “Watching You” and “If You’re

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