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Rodney Atkins enjoys top played song, again

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 – In 2006, Rodney Atkins had the most played song of the year with "If You're Going Through Hell," and this year he does it again with "Watching You," according to Billboard and Country Aircheck.

"It's an amazing feeling when I think of all the incredible songs and artists who have been on the radio to get a song I wrote about my son be the most played song," said Atkins. "I feel like God's kind of smiled on me. I couldn't be more proud as an artist, a songwriter and as a dad - even though, unfortunately, the inspiration came from Elijah getting into trouble at school!"

"I can't thank country radio and the fans enough for being so supportive of my music," he said. "I think my New Year's resolution is to make the next album even better. Though this has been such a great year, I'm not sure how we'll top it."

In 2007, Atkins won ACM Male Vocalist of the Year, celebrated a platinum album, 3 number 1 singles ("If You're Going Through Hell", "Watching You" and "These Are My People") and performed for President Bush at the White House.

Atkins will begin 2008 back on the Bonfires & Amplifiers Tour with Brad Paisley along with additional tour plans to be announced early next year. Atkins will also continue his role as the 2008 National Spokesman for the National Council for Adoption.

Atkins's fourth single, "Cleaning This Gun (Come on In Boy)," is in the top 20.

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Take a Back Road CD review - Take a Back Road
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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. »»»
If You're Going Through Hell CD review - If You're Going Through Hell
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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: Lambert refuses to rest on laurels – Watching this stop on Miranda Lambert's "Livin' Like Hippies Tour," one is struck by just how many great songs the country singer/songwriter already has in her repertoire. With most artists, it's relatively easy to guess which song a performer will choose to close a show. But Lambert has so many winners to pick from, many... »»»
Concert Review: DBT rocks on – Drive-By Truckers still sometimes get miscategorized as alt.-country, but who's kidding whom? With three electric guitarists upfront exchanging hard rock licks all night, this is a blistering Southern rock band. Hitting the stage just before 10, the band played a satisfying 2-hour-plus set. At 11:40, Patterson Hood announced the band would be... »»»
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