Garth Brooks, Merle Haggard and Rodney Atkins are walking down Music Row.
It may sound like the start of a cheesy joke, but it’s actually the true story of the people Rodney Atkins bumped into on his very first day in the heart of the Nashville music scene.
Atkins took the virtual stage on the Diamond Resorts Facebook page – straight from his father-in-law’s house to yours – to sing some of his hit songs for members and fans on Thursday, July 23, 2020. The Tennessee native country singer-songwriter brought the tunes and his “dad jokes” to get the live audience smiling.
“Hope you’re staying healthy and happy and safe,” said Atkins. “I think my job is to distract you guys, the best that I can.”
And distract he did, playing acoustic versions of “Farmer’s Daughter” and “Caught Up in the Country” to kick off the show. Before diving into his No. 1 single “Watching You,” Atkins discussed the experience with his son that sparked the idea for the lyrics. Then, he closed the show with another No. 1 hit – “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows).”
In case you’re wondering where Atkins finds inspiration for his songs, the country artist he looked up to most and how he got his start in music – he dished out these answers and more during the 30-minute livestream.
“First and foremost, country music is supposed to be relatable,” said Atkins. “To let somebody know either you’re going through it with them, or you’ve been through it and they’ll get through it. It’s about being human.”
Check out the full replay on Facebook if you missed the show. Plus, the entertainment continues next week with more music – check out our full event calendar for more information.