Rodney Atkins highlights Saturday Night

Rodney Atkins has been around country music since 1996, releasing his first album in 2003. In those 17 years he has established himself as a serious artist who has followed his own path to success.  That path has led to a number of top hits including “Honesty (Write Me a List)” from his premier album Honesty that reached # 4 on the country charts.Three years later he hit it big with his second album, If You’re Going Through Hell, released in 2006. Its first two singles “If You’re Going Through Hell” and “Watching You” each spent four weeks at the top of the country music chart in the #1 spot, and were respectively ranked as the top country songs of 2006 and 2007 according to Billboard Year-End.  This album, which has since been certified platinum in the U.S.  produced two additional # 1 singles with “These Are My People” and “Cleaning My Gun”.Atkins followed up this successful album with It’s America in 2009 which included the # 1 hit “It’s America” and the top 5 hit “Farmer’s Daughter”.

This brings us to his most recent release Take A Back Road released in 2011 which not only garnered his sixth # 1 sensation with “Take a Back Road” but was also awarded the BMI Song of the Year.

“It had everything,” Atkins said. “It became something that once we released it, instantly, emails started coming in by the thousands, with people saying that it made them feel differently. It lifted their spirits. It was their get in their right state of mind to go to chemotherapy treatments, dealing with cancer, dealing with losing their job, going through tough times. Those are the songs I love, that are anthems about real life.”

In addition to firing up the radio charts, Atkins earned the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Male    Vocalist award in 2006, plus five other ACM nominations and two Country Music Association nominations. He has also had the opportunity to amass some amazing memories-from public moments like performing for a half-million people at the National Memorial Day concert in Washington, D.C., to private ones like getting to thank hero Garth Brooks for his inspiration. Even former President George W. Bush is a fan – and Rodney has met and performed for him multiple times.

He’s toured with the superstar likes of Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride and ZZ Top while also holding his own as a national headliner.

Although he can be soft-spoken and serious, Rodney demonstrates his appreciation for the funnier side of life through tunes like the warm and witty, “Family,” about a quirky clan of characters gathered at a family reunion, and the laugh-out-loud, “She’d Rather Fight.” Take a Back Road definitely features glimpses into Rodney’s wild side, a side most often seen onstage during his energetic live shows where he jokes he “lets his shadow come out to play.”

Though his new crop of songs has some edge and the vocal   energy may be amped up a notch, Rodney is still the same, hard-working, patriotic, rock-solid country boy that fans have grown to know and love since his debut with 2003′s HONESTY. Rodney always makes time for volunteer opportunities amidst his touring schedule, as well as for visits to the Holston Methodist Home for Children in Greeneville, TN, where he was adopted as a small child.

You definitely want to be at the Tri-State Rodeo on Saturday, September 7th to experience the talents of this country superstar.