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.
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.”
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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