Country star Atkins plays Sarasota

October 31, 2013 

Rodney Atkins

The moment Rodney Atkins heard a song called "Doin' It Right," he knew he had to record it.

"I tell you, it blew me away," the country star said in a phone interview from a stop on his current tour. "It's just a beautiful song. I like to do songs about everyday people overcoming problems, and that's the kind of song it is."

The song touched Atkins personally -- he's recently come through some very pubic legal and personal troubles, including a domestic violence arrest and substance abuse problems -- and he said he's hoping it will touch other people the same way.

"I've made every mistake there is to make," the lyrics by famed songwriter Jay Knowles say, "So I oughta know, the only real mistake is not letting them go."

Atkins will be bringing his "Doin' It Right" tour to Sarasota this weekend. He's slated to appear at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Friday.

Atkins has had a long country music career that has built slowly to its current peak. His first single, "In a Heartbeat," was a minor hit in 1997, but then it took him five more years to create his second hit, "Sing Along."

He had his first major hit with "Honesty (Write me a Letter) in 2003 and then topped the charts in 2006 with 'If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)."

Opening the show are rising star Frankie Ballard and singer Rose Falcon, who happens to be Atkins fiancée.

Details: 8 p.m. Nov. 1, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: $30-$60. Information: 941-953-3368, www.vanwezel.org.

-- Marty Clear

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