Rodney Atkins takes back road to the Brick

by Brandon Marsh

Rodney Atkins will bring country comfort to the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse on April 18 with special guests Josh Thompson and Tyler Farr. Atkins’s hit “Take A Back Road,” his sixth career No. 1 single, celebrates the lifestyle he lives in his free time looking for fishing and hunting spots. He also enjoys riding a softail Harley down the highway between concerts.

For Atkins, live shows are “all about the people, everybody comes and hangs out. I don’t feel like it’s just me standing on the stage — everybody is hanging out and singing along with me.”

Atkins was adopted as a child and grew up on a farm in Tennessee, where he learned how to drive the same Massey Ferguson as his father. To this day, it remains his favorite tractor.

Atkins believes “life is defined by what you give back and how you help other people, regardless of your occupation.“ Throughout his career, Atkins has stayed close to his moral values that he developed growing up on the farm.

As a student at Tennessee Tech, Atkins worked as a counselor for delinquent males at the Woodland Residential Center. After college he moved to Nashville to pursue a recording career, but also assisted in mentoring programs at the Holston Methodist Home for Children in Greenville, Tenn., where he was adopted. He served as spokesperson for the National Council for Adoption from 2008-2010.

“I just think it is so important to live a worthwhile life that is something you are proud of,” Atkins said. “God cares about how well we treat other people.“

Atkins calls concerts “a celebration of life,” and encourages every country music fan to come hang out on April 18. Tickets start at $25 and are available at the Bobcat Ticket Office or ticketswest.com.