WATCH: Rodney Atkins Performs "Take A Back Road," "Farmer's Daughter," and More at 'Up Close & Country'

Rodney talks with Katie Neal before performing for fans...

July 10, 2019

"I'm pretty informal...I think of this like how I started playing music...on a front porch with friends and neighbors, so make yourselves at home." Rodney Adkins made it all nice and easy for everyone before taking the stage at the RADIO.COM Theater in front of a room full of lucky listeners. 

Before playing some music, Katie Neal welcomed Rodney on stage and asked a few questions about his new record, what has changed for him since the last album, and the story behind his wife's hilarious gender reveal! 

He tells the story of his wife setting up a fake video shoot, for a made-up charity, that required him hitting a baseball. The video started with Rodney saying to the camera, "Hey I'm Rodney Atkins and I'm striking out hunger with Second Harvest Food Bank," and then he would hit a baseball. Off-screen, his wife pitched him a ceramic baseball that was filled with blue powder, so when he hit the ball, it exploded. Before connecting the dots, Rodney started to say the rest of his message -- and then he realized it was a gender reveal!

Afterwards, Rodney took the stage and played some crowd favorites such as "Caught Up In The Country", "Take A Back Road", "Farmer's Daughter" and "Watching You."

Rodney's latest album Caught Up In The Country was released on May 10th, 2019!

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