Country Fans Sang Out Loud With Rodney Atkins In Marquette
Northern Michigan University’s Vandament Area hosted country music loud and proud from Rose Falcon, Frankie Ballard and Rodney Atkins on Thursday night. A sold out show of 1,500 welcomed these three artists and their talented bands who gave area country music fans a big dose of their popular hit songs.
Rose Falcon started the night with a collection of her songs; Friday Night (co-wrote with Eric Paslay), New Tattoo, If Love Had A Heart, Pick up Girl in a Cadillac Town and Tom Petty’s, American Girl (performed real well). Rose would later duet with Rodney on his, Cabin In the Woods.
Rodney & Rose duet on “Cabin In The Woods”
Frankie Ballard can out and rocked the crowd with A Buncha Girls, Don’t Take Much, new single, Helluva Life and John Melloncamp’s, Pink Houses.
Frankie Ballard live at NMU
Rodney Atkins and his band came on stage and owned the night starting with his new single, Doin’ It Right and never let up from there. About The South came next followed by Friends With Tractors which included a guitar trade off of classic rock song licks between Liam Bailey on acoustic guitar and Phil Shoust on his Gibson electric.
Rodney Atkins & multi-instrumentalist Liam Bailey
He’s Mine, Take A Back Road, It’s America (dedicated to our armed forces men and women), Watchin’ You, A Charlie Daniels medley and Cabin In the Woods followed with the fans singing out loud and strong.
Rodney and the band gave us a taste of a new song to appear on his sixth album, Make Your Own Fun (which I really liked!) then finishing up with Clean This Gun, Farmer’s Daughter (with a film intro from a Bing Crosby & Bob Hope movie) and Goin’ Through Hell!
I was thoroughly impressed with not only the set list of strong music Rodney presented live but also the musicians that make up his band that powered the music out to the fans with their combined talents.
Bassist Judd Fuller & Pedal steel guitarist Dan Galish
Rodney shared with me in his interview earlier this week that he likes to take his time writing his songs to make them personal to him and his fans. Maintaining this successful approach, I believe Rodney will achieve more continued success down the road in his country music career that lies ahead!
Rodney Atkins, Frankie Ballard & drummer Kevin Rapillo
(l-r) Kevin Rapillo, Phil Shoust, Judd Fuller & Liam Bailey
Frankie Ballard, Phil Shoust & Kevin Rapillo