Music » Livewire

Rodney Atkins

Friday, February 9, at the House of Blues.

by

comment
Success has been a long time coming for fresh-faced Rodney Atkins, the Nashville singer who appeared from under the brim of a worn-in baseball cap with two #1's last year: "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)" and "Watching You." More than anything else he has released over his decade-long career, those singles placed both boots firmly on the bedrock of flag, faith, and family, appealing to the genre's wholesome base, who might feel like raising hell with Toby Keith on Saturday night -- but who also need someone to keep them company on Sunday morning.

It's refreshing that Atkins' wholesome, workaday appeal is free of the "aw, shucks" affectation that spoils so much in his genre -- possibly the benefit of years of supporting his career and family by delivering furniture and repossessing cars.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.