96.3 Star Country presents:
with special guest Rose Falcon
October 25 at 8PM
Full Band Power Acoustic
$30.00 Advance/$35.00 Day Of Show
VIP = SOLD OUT
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We’re supporting the American Red Cross by having 10% of ticket sales for this special show going towards local disaster relief.
About Rodney Atkins:
"I 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 Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)" – it's a sonic progression that will excite and captivate both new fans and ones who have been on the ride all along.
And that road, for Atkins, has been an enviable one. His last studio LP, Take A Back Road (produced by Ted Hewitt), yielded his sixth career No. 1 hit and his fastest - rising single to date with the title track. And his 2006 single, "Watching You," was named the Number One Song of the Decade by Country Aircheck, an accolade that even found Atkins himself surprised. But it's on this newest record where Atkins sees the most accurate reflection of who he is as a man, and as a singer. This time, he focused on whether or not a song had staying power – beyond just the radio dials. But that's certainly where they'll be, too. "I believe in these songs," he says. "And that they are epic."
What lies ahead in 2018 for Rodney Atkins will be more than just new music and a new record. It will be about watching his newborn baby grow – Rose recently gave birth to their son, Ryder – and being a father to his teenager, Elijah, as well. And it will be about playing music for his fans, about continuing his avid support for the military and for always staying connected to what keeps him caught up in the country. Getting grease and dirt all over: working hard, until his knuckles are busted, and cherishing every single second.
About Rose Falcon:
Rose Falcon’s music flows easily between genres with the common thread of an individual vocal style and a gift for exposing the heart of the songs she writes.
Born in New York City and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Rose is the daughter of legendary singer – songwriter Billy Falcon. Rose began writing poetry at age 12, which soon became the basis for her own artistic journey. She was discovered and signed by Columbia Records who released her self-titled EP in 2008. Rose quickly gained notoriety having several of her songs placed in film and TV including Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Master of Disguise, Raising Helen, Dawson’s Creek, and Inspector Gadget 2 as well as national ad campaigns for Verizon Wireless, JC Penny, The Build a Bear Workshop and Estée Lauder.
In 2008 Falcon parted ways with Columbia, signed a publishing deal with Cal IV Entertainment based out of Nashville, TN and began recording, “19th Avenue – the EP” which was released in May to critical acclaim and a huge endorsement from Jon Bon Jovi.
“In an era filled with contest winners and formatted radio playlists occasionally there comes along a true artist who has the ability to make you hear as well as feel. Rose Falcon has been at this for a long time. She’s an old soul in the voice of a beautiful young lady. She speaks of a life lived. She’s earned this shot. From backyard to bear to arena stages. Take a listen. You won’t be disappointed… ” – Jon Bon Jovi.
Rose is unabashed in her writing and sings with an uncommon brutal honesty. “I want my songs to be like a friend to anyone listening. My hope is that when people listen, they gain comfort in knowing they are not alone in the feelings they have.” Her songwriting credits include cuts by Lady Antebellum, Faith Hill, Jessie James, Day of Fire, and most recently, Eric Paslay’s number one single, “Friday Night.”
Rose is currently writing for a new album, and enjoying the process. “I got my first record deal at fourteen years old! I have learned so much since then. I used to be anxious and always in a rush to see what was next, but I have finally learned to simply enjoy the ride. I am so blessed to get to live out my passion every day, and to make a living doing what I love. I’m not in a hurry anymore. I trust God’s timing and I just want this record to be right. I have a good feeling about this one.”
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