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Swag Sessions Featuring Rodney Atkins

New York Country Swag hosted a Swag Session with ACM winner Rodney Atkins. The singer-songwriter is in New York promoting his brand new album Caught Up In The Country and sang the title track and one of his fan favorites, “Take A Back Road” for us during our Swag Session.

Atkins also talked about the process of putting out an album 7 years after his last release as well as how he knew he wanted to cut both major love songs that are featured on the record. He even told us the name of his son that he and his wife are getting ready to welcome later this summer.

Watch the full Swag Session above and take a listen Caught Up In The Country here.

For more music from artists we’ve featured during our LIVE Swag Sessions, check out our Sessions Playlist below and give it a follow for updates.

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Up Close & Country with Rodney Atkins at New York’s 94.7

Yesterday ACM Award winner, Rodney Atkins made his way to the Radio.com stage in New York City to perform as part of New York’s Country 94.7’s exclusive Up Close & Country segment. Radio personality and DJ Katie Neal welcomed Atkins and his two guitarists and background vocalists, Clint and Derrick to the stage, where they went on to sing some of Atkin’s biggest hits, as well as, some tracks off his latest album, Caught Up In The Country.

Rodney Atkins

Neal took some time to talk with Atkins, asking him what’s changed the most between his last album and his newest release, as well as, congratulating him for expecting a new baby in August. The singer laughing, revealed “My wife,” as the biggest change in his musical journey, adding “she’s actually singing on every song on the album in some capacity.” Getting to know Atkins personal journey with his family, made his follow-up performance feel like a big family affair throughout the entire 30-minute set.

A relaxed and cool Atkins encouraged the audience to sing along throughout his set. Opening up with the infectious, “Caught Up In The Country,” the title track off his newest album, the singer-songwriter had the intimate audience singing along with him right away. He continued the momentum, singing crowd favorites, “Take A Back Road, “If You’re Going Through Hell,” and “Farmer’s Daughter.”

The ease of which he flowed through each song was enticing and inspiring, as you could feel the connection Atkins has to his songs and the authenticity of his music. One of the highlights of his performance was when he decided to switch things up and play a love song off his new record, entitled “Figure Out You (Riddle).” He laments that the song was his first love song that wasn’t about “heartbreak.”

Rodney Atkins

After asking to play one more song; despite, time running out, Atkins ended his set with a fan request for “Watching You.” As he sang the heartfelt track,” it was easy to tell that the soon-to-be father of three has a special place in his heart for the song.

Overall Atkins performance was an impressive mix of new and classic songs, stemming from his decade long career. If you missed the event, check out snippets of his performance via our Instagram.

For more Rodney Atkins, don’t forget to check out our live Swag Session with the artist tomorrow evening.

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NYCS First Impression: Rodney Atkins ‘Caught Up In The Country’

Rodney Atkins Caught up in the Country

It has been 8 years since Rodney Atkins released his last album Take a Back Road. It includes hits like “Farmer’s Daughter,” “Take a Back Road,” and “He’s Mine.” Atkins has produced countless chart-topping hits and sold over 10 million albums throughout his career and that had fans wondering why he took such a long break from music. Over Instagram throughout the last year, in anticipation of a new album, he has said that the time away from releasing music has been used to raise a family and in the previous few, to hone his craft to make more chart-topping hits. Caught Up In The Country is finally available and is Atkins newest album.

“Caught Up In The Country” was Atkins first release off the album back in the fall. The song celebrates all the good things that come with living in the country: beautiful sunsets, endless dirt roads, and countless stars in the sky. The boot-stomping single, featuring the Fisk Jubilee Singers, has already garnered over 86.6M on-demand streams and shows no signs of slowing down. “Caught Up In The Country” sets the mood for the whole album with meaningful lyrics and a rhythm that brings you back to your country roots. In our interview with Atkins last summer at Taste of Country Festival, he told us a little bit about the new music on the album stating: “It’s an organic record, but it is kind of me pushing the envelope.” Check out the full interview below.

Everyone knows Atkins song “Watching You,” about a young son who wants to be just like his dad in every way, and to accomplish this, he watches his dad’s every move. One of Atkins newest songs off the new album is “Young Man,” the continuation of the young boy’s life from “Watching You.” He stated on Instagram, “For those, my son was four years old, he’s 17 now, and this is telling him to be where he is, not try to grow up too fast. Be present, at whatever age you are.”

“All My Friends Are Drunk” is the anti-party song for all those who go to parties and don’t drink. The somber song tells a story of a group of friends who try taking their buddy out after a break up who ends up by himself when his friends go off and party. “Thank God For You” is another track off the album that shows his appreciation for the woman in his life. This upbeat song is a great one to sing along to with those around you who you appreciate every day. On a more personal note, we already see Atkins wife, Rose Falcon, appear in “Thank God For You” music video but her vocals also appear on the album in songs “Figure You Out” and “Everybody’s Got Something.” The “Figure Out You (Riddle) [Feat. Rose Falcon],” lyric video was just released and features personal photos of the singer, his two sons and Rose herself.

Other songs on the album include, “My Life,” the powerful story of his wife Rose Falcon’s beloved grandmother, “Burn Something,” a relationship that simply does not work together yet they keep running back, and “Cover Me Up,” a love song about simply being enough as you are.

In a recent press release, Atkins says. “I wanted to really tell a story in the shape and the melody of these songs—there’s more diversity on this record than I’ve ever had before—and to really take time to figure out the nuances because, ultimately, it’s a whole bunch of nuances that add up to make something special.” This album has a song for everyone and we are loving everything that it offers fans both lyrically and it’s rhythm.

To keep up with Rodney Atkins follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Caught Up In The Country is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

Rodney Atkins 2019 Tour Dates:
5/10 – Gulf Breeze, FL, Flounders on Pensacola Beach
5/17 – Johnson Creek, WI, The Gobbler Theater
5/18 – Camp Douglas, WI, Camp Douglas
5/25 – Sarepta, LA, Muddy Bottoms ATV & Recreation
6/1 – LaFayette, GA, City of LaFayette
6/7 – Wapakoneta, OH, Auglaize County Fairground
6/8 – Goodhue, MN, Goodhue Volksfest
6/15 – Cardwell, MT, Headwaters Country Jam
6/16 – Mack, CO, Country Jam
6/17 – Richmond, UT, Cherry Peak Resort
6/21 – West Peoria, IL, Crusens
6/22 – East Bethel, MN, Route 65
6/28 – Rocklin, CA, Platinum Living Amphitheater at Quarry Park
6/29 – Morgan Hill, CA, Boots & Brews Country Music Festival
7/3 – La Porte, IN, Stone Lake Beach
7/4 – Hilliard, OH, Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park
7/6 – Mitchell, SD, Corn Palace
7/17 – Kirksville, MO, Northeast Missouri Fair
7/19 – Hillsboro, MO, Jefferson County Fair
7/20 – West Liberty, IA, Muscatine County Fair
7/21 – Oshkosh, WI, Menominee Nation Arena
7/25 – Tooele, UT, Country Fan Fest
7/26 – Littleton, CO, Platte River Bar & Grill
7/27 – Kearney, NE, Buffalo County Fair
7/31 – Wausau, WI, Wisconsin Valley Fair
8/2 – Dodge City, KS, Central Station
8/3 – Springfield, NE, Sarpy County Fair
8/8 – Houston, TX, The Rustic – Houston
8/9 – Dallas, TX, The Rustic
8/10 – Lake Ozark, MO, Lazy Gators
8/30 – West, TX, Westfest
8/30 – Loveland, CO, Thunder Mountain Amphitheater
9/6 – Fredericksburg, VA, Celebrate Virginia After Hours
9/7 – Morganton, NC, Historic Morganton Festival
9/12 – Cincinnati, OH, Live at the Ludlow Garage
9/13 – Walhalla, SC, Walhalla Civic Auditorium
9/14 – Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum Complex
10/2 – Fryeburg, ME, Fryeburg Fair
10/3 – Bar Harbor, ME, Criterion Theatre
10/4 – Laconia, NH, Granite State Music Hall
10/5 – Rutland, VT, The Paramount Theatre

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Rodney Atkins Is Grateful For Love on “Thank God For You”

Rodney Atkins Thank God For You

Country artist Rodney Atkins just released his fourth song “Thank God For You” in anticipation of his fifth studio album Caught Up In The Country slated for release on May 10th. With the album being released in less than a month Atkins has been giving fans a sneak peek of what to expect by releasing a series of songs in advance.

For those who have been waiting years for a new release from the singer-songwriter can finally listen to his new tunes. With four tracks now released it is clear to see that fans will not be disappointed with Atkins new album. His track “Thank God For You” gives fans an uptempo fun loving song that shows his appreciation for the woman he has in his life. It is a song that anyone can relate to, having that one person that you are truly thankful for.

“I thank God there’s angels for young wild rebels / Girls who can dance you away from the devil / And make my world spin ’round the way you do / I thank God for the days on the front porch swinging / Holding your hand, the whole time thinking how lucky I am / Thank God for you”

That’s not all for the release of his new song, he also included a lyric video that tells the song’s story from start to finish. The video includes a compilation of heartwarming videos featuring couples of all ages, women, and children. Bringing to life the lyrics while showing off the songs heartfelt and meaningful message.

To keep up with Rodney Atkins follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Thank God For You” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Rodney Atkins Delivers Entertaining Night of Country Music at Mulcahy’s

Rodney Atkins at Long Island's Mulcahy's Pub

Rodney Atkins at Long Island’s Mulcahy’s Pub

Singer-songwriter, Rodney Atkins kicked off the weekend by playing to a packed house at Long Island’s Mulcahy’s Pub on Friday night (Mar 1). The country superstar delivered a nearly 75-minute set that was filled with his classic chart-topping hits along with brand new music that kept fans singing and dancing all night long.

Opening the show was Fairground Saints, a California-bred and Nashville-based trio. Tasked with warming up the crowd for the 2006 ACM Top New Male Vocalist, the group sang songs from their self-titled debut album along with their latest release “California”.

Just before 10:30 PM, as fans eagerly chanted “Rodney, Rodney!”, Atkins hit the stage to deliver an entertaining night of country music for the New York audience. Pumping up the crowd right from the get-go, Atkins opened with his current hit “Caught Up in the Country”, which is the lead single from his forthcoming album of the same name. Atkins kept the party going by performing “America”, “About the South” and “Farmer’s Daughter”.

Taking a break from the energetic set to introduce his bandmates, Atkins then left the stage while his band stole the show. Playing instrumental solos of familiar rock hits like Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” and Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train”, the musicians shined on their own.

Rodney Atkins at Long Island's Mulcahy's Pub

Rodney Atkins at Long Island’s Mulcahy’s Pub

“We’re gonna play you a real country song”, Atkins announced as he returned center stage just before playing “Friends with Tractors”. After a stellar performance of Buffalo Springfield’s “Stop Children What’s That Sound”, Atkins played an unreleased song from his new album titled “Figure Out You”; a slow, love song that will feature his wife, Rose Falcon. He followed that with his one of his multiple number one singles, “These Are My People”.

The crowd-favorite “Watching You” was a memorable performance of the night as just when fans thought the song was over, Atkins began playing the chords one more time, pointing the microphone to the audience as the rowdy crowd yelled back every word of the popular chorus as loud as they could one last time.

Atkins thanked the audience and left the stage after performing his 2011 hit song, “Take a Back Road”. Returning minutes later, Atkins closed the show with “Cleaning This Gun” and “If You’re Going Through Hell”. Adding an intimate feel, Atkins handed off the microphone to several people in the crowd as they sang the chorus. A very cool ending to a very cool show.

Back in June 2018, NYCountry Swag caught up with Rodney Atkins at Taste of Country Music Festival on Hunter Mountain. “I learned a long time ago that this is actually the most authentic country fans of anywhere you go…” Atkins tell us as he discusses his love for New York country music fans which was evident in his show last night. Check out the full interview in the video above.

Atkins’ much anticipated new album Caught Up in the Country comes out on May 10th and is available for pre-order today. Atkins last album, Take a Back Road was released over six years ago. Based on the three songs we have already heard from the album, we think Caught Up in the Country will be worth the almost seven-year wait.

Atkins will continue his tour tonight in New Hampshire, but will return to the NY area March 8th in Poughkeepsie at the Chance Theater and on April 13th in Morristown, NJ at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. For tickets and more information, visit: rodneyatkins.com.

 

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Artist Interview: Rodney Atkins Reveals New Album Details

“These are some of the most authentic, country fans anywhere you go.” Rodney Atkins says during our interview about playing shows in New York. He also revealed some tidbits about his brand new album due out later this Fall.  Watch the full video above and for more from our weekend at Taste of Country Music Festival, click here.

 

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NYCountry Swag Takes on Taste of Country Festival

Taste of Country Festival

For the second year in a row, New York Country Swag headed to Hunter Mountain to set up shop and cover the Taste of Country Music Festival. The weekend takes place on a mountain, with a huge stage at the base and fans packed onto its grassy hills to listen to their favorite country artists.

Taste of Country Festival

The lineup for the 2018 festival included huge stars like Florida Georgia Line, Dustin Lynch, Lee Ann Rimes, Justin Moore, Eric Church and Sam Hunt.  This was the biggest year for the festival, having sold out the general admission tickets, fans were thrilled to be heading back for their favorite weekend.

Taste of Country Festival

The team headed to Hunter Moutain early on Thursday morning to set up our vending booth to sell items from our store as well as brand new merchandise that festival goers had the opportunity to shop first before it hits the site next week. Our signature line features hats, tank tops, t-shirts and sweatshirts that all help to cohesively explain our brand, clothing, and accessories that country music fans will love.  In addition to our country music inspired items, our Hero Collection was expanded this summer with the addition of tank tops and t-shirts all showcasing the red and the blue line American flag.  This turned out to be a huge seller at the festival, initiating awesome banter between those that support our firefighters and those that support our police department.

Taste of Country Festival

Fans also had the opportunity to take a boomerang photo in front of our step-and-repeat at our photobooth station set up within our vending booth.  With props featuring their favorite country artists as well as cowboy hats and even a blow-up horse, this turned out to be a fantastic fun addition to our setup this year.  Guests can view their photos boomerangs here and more photos here. We also included a giveaway which entered our shoppers into a raffle to win a signed Eric Church Jack Daniels guitar.  The winner was announced right before Sam Hunt hit the stage and the lucky winner collected her prize before the festival ended.

Taste of Country Festival

Our managing editor, Christina also interviewed some of the festivals biggest names at our tent including Jimmie Allen and Rodney Atkins. They both talked about new music which they played during their respective sets.  Allen and Atkins both revealed that their albums will be available later this fall.

Taste of Country Festival

We also had the opportunity to interview Dustin Lynch and find out what 3 essential camping items he would bring if he was attending Taste of Country Music Festival as a fan.  Jimmie Allen took time to hang out with some of our shoppers and take pictures with each of them after his set.

Taste of Country Festival

The weekend was filled with meeting so many of our followers and making new friends that rocked our gear at the festival.  Between the great music and the perfect weather,  Taste of Country Music Festival 2018 was a huge success.  We are already looking for next years event, for more information and tickets head to www.tasteofcountryfestival.com  Our team wants to thank everyone who stopped by to say hello, purchased an item from our booth or just was friendly to us this weekend.  We had the best time and look forward to seeing all of our followers at more events this summer.

 

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