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Atkins, Gatlins, Greenwood play at Bush welcome home rally

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 – Rodney Atkins, the Gatlin Brothers and Lee Greenwood performed at President Bush's welcome home rally Tuesday in Midland, Texas.

"It's such an honor to get to be part of this event," said Atkins. "I have so much respect for President and Mrs. Bush. My family and I are grateful for their service and proud to be here in Texas to welcome them home."

This was the third time Atkins met President Bush. They first met in 2007 when Atkins was spokesman for the National Adoption Council and performed at the White House for the President, the First Lady, Congress, Cabinet members and a room full of adopted children and their families.

At the rally, Atkins performed songs from his forthcoming record, due out this March, including his latest single, It's America.

Atkins went to the rally from Denver where he stayed a little longer than expected. His Saturday evening show at the Grizzly Rose was sold-out, and fans waited in line for hours to get in before the venue had to turn some away.

Just before his set, the club owner asked Atkins if he could change his plans and maybe stay an extra night in Denver and play the club again the following night for their "family night" so those that waited in line could come back with their children. Atkins said he'd let him know from the stage, and Atkins announced he'd been asked to stay in town, and he was accepting the offer. Radio station KYGO officially announced the news that evening. Twenty-four hours later, Atkins played to another sold out crowd.

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Take a Back Road CD review - Take a Back Road
Rodney Atkins' breakthrough album, "If You're Going Through Hell," produced the top singles of both 2006 and 2007. His moment in the spotlight was brief, with his follow-up album,"It's America," being largely ignored except for the title track. From the get go on "Take a Back Road," Atkins comes across as a regular guy, not a detached superstar. There are songs about hanging out on back roads away from the hustle of daily life, getting fatherly »»»
It's America CD review - It's America
When you've recorded Billboard's number 1 country song of 2006 (If You're Going Through Hell) and 2007 (Watching You), what do you do for an encore? Rodney Atkins is here to tell us: you don't mess with the recipe. As usual, the hook-seeking guitar licks lead the pop country charge, with the occasional appearance of fiddles and banjos for seasoning. Atkins tapped into the services of an army of writers for the 11 songs, including 3 he helped write. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: With or without band, Isbell satisfies – Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
Concert Review: Grammy nominations aside, Yola, Kiah are the real deal – Grammy nominations do not make the artist, but Yola and opener Amythyst Kiah underscored time and again on this night that the honors were well deserved. In fact, Yola and Kiah's other group, Our Native Daughters, are nominated in the same category - Best American Roots. Yola has three other nominations as well. The clear winners... »»»
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