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All-American Country Music Rating: 4.5/5
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Rodney Atkins 2011 CD, Take A Back Road. Photo courtesy of Curb Records.
“I’ve been cooped up, tied down, ’bout forgotten what a field looks like, full of corn and cotton”, Rodney Atkins sings in the second verse of the title track of his new album, Take A Back Road. The song sets the tone for the whole album, by making the listener “drown all that stressed up, messed up, effed up life” (Just Wanna Rock), and to embrace their inner country boy/girl. Although it has been nearly 3 years since the release of his last studio album, the Tennessee native instantly takes the listener on a drive through life “on a back road”, with 13 well crafted and well ordered songs.
Take A Back Road, Rodney’s fourth studio album is produced by Ted Hewitt. Four main themes occur throughout the album, family (He’s Mine, Family, She’s A Girl), the good, the bad, and the ugly between a man and his wife (Farmer’s Daughter, Cabin in the Woods, Feet, She’d Rather Fight), leaving your cares behind (Take A Back Road, Just Wanna Rock N’ Roll), and poignant life lessons (Growing Up Like That, Tips, Lifelines).
“She ain’t as happy as I am to be home”, Atkins sings in She’d Rather Fight, his satire on a woman not being ready to make up after a fight, later he quips, “Looks like I am sleeping in my truck, because she’s rather fight than… you know what”. The sentiment carries on into the next track, Feet, when they realize that their fights are often silly. A lovers getaway to a Cabin in the Woods finishes the cycle, as the woman is told “I know the guy, who owns the key, to the lock on the chain, of the gate across that gravel road, that winds back into the trees”.
Growing Up Like That, begins reminding listeners of silly, yet useful lessons learned through the growing up years, such as “firewood will warm you twice, once when you cut it and once when you light it” and “if you wanna catch a catfish as long as your arm, son you gotta have a night crawler farm”. Tips teaches the so called grown up lessons, such as “you gotta treat people right on the ride up and they will have your back on the way back down” and “it ain’t about keeping count of what you got, it’s about making what you got count“.
It was once said “Rodney Atkins can not make a bad song”. That was over 3 years and two albums ago; it still rings true. Rodney Atkins – Take A Back Road is paved with gold (but more realistically platinum or multi-platinum).
Jake Owen and his twin brother Jarrod were born in Vero Beach, Florida in 1981. Jake eventually took up golf, and began pursuing a career as a professional golfer, winning his first golf tournament at age fifteen. After high school, he attended Florida State University; a wakeboarding accident left him unable to continue playing golf.
While recovering, he borrowed a neighbor’s guitar and taught himself how to play it. After performing regularly at a campus bar,he soon took up writing his own material as well. He then moved to Nashville, Tennessee.
In 2006, Owen released his debut single, “Yee Haw”. Owen describes the song as being written “to make people have a good time.” This song,was the lead-off single to his debut album, Startin’ with Me.
He has appeared as an opening act for acts such as Brad Paisley, Sugarland and Carrie Underwood on their tours.
His second studio album, Easy Does It, was released in 2009. The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums.
Currently, he is preparing to release his upcoming album, Barefoot Blue Jean Night, on August 30, 2011.
Owen toured with Keith Urban on his 2011 Get Closer World Tour.
Sugarland, is composed of Jennifer Nettles (lead vocals) and Kristian Bush (background vocals, lead vocals, mandolin, acoustic guitar, and harmonica). Founded in 2002 by Kristen Hall with Bush and it became a trio after hiring Jennifer Nettles as lead singer. A few years later, Hall left the group. This break up resulted in a lawsuit over revenue sharing; it was settle out of court with an undisclosed settlement.
“Baby Girl” was the first single from their multi-platinum debut album Twice the Speed of Life. In 2006, Sugarland released their second album, Enjoy the Ride, which produced their first two #1 singles, “Want To” and “Settlin’”. In 2008 they released their third album, Love on the Inside. This album produced three more #1 singles with “All I Want to Do”, “Already Gone”and “It Happens”. Their fourth album, The Incredible Machine was certified platinum.
On August 13, 2011, in high winds, an outdoor stage collapsed at Sugarland’s concert at the Indiana State Fair, killing seven and injuring forty-five.