Honesty by Rodney Atkins on Apple Music

12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rodney Atkins took a while to ripen into a country hit-maker and Honesty, his 2003 debut album, reflects the time he spent in Nashville honing his craft. The result is a well-rounded and largely successful effort that makes good use of Atkins’ gruff yet vulnerable vocal persona. This native Tennessean comes across as a sly and confident backroads Romeo on tracks like “Sing Along,” “Yeah She Does,” and “Forgiveness and Permission.” He tones down the swagger for more tenderhearted tunes like “Honesty” and “Someone to Share It With.” “The Love We Make” especially makes the case for Atkins as an empathetic (but not too sensitive) partner in love. Swampy acoustic-driven tunes (“Uncomplicated”) and excursions into Southern boogie (‘Monkey In the Middle”) add some tang to the country-pop sounds that dominate the album. Atkins walks the blurry line between girl-chasing roughneck and thoughtful Average Joe fairly well; obviously, the years of woodshedding have given him a firm grip on his talent. He displays enough scruffy charisma on Honesty to make him an artist to watch.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rodney Atkins took a while to ripen into a country hit-maker and Honesty, his 2003 debut album, reflects the time he spent in Nashville honing his craft. The result is a well-rounded and largely successful effort that makes good use of Atkins’ gruff yet vulnerable vocal persona. This native Tennessean comes across as a sly and confident backroads Romeo on tracks like “Sing Along,” “Yeah She Does,” and “Forgiveness and Permission.” He tones down the swagger for more tenderhearted tunes like “Honesty” and “Someone to Share It With.” “The Love We Make” especially makes the case for Atkins as an empathetic (but not too sensitive) partner in love. Swampy acoustic-driven tunes (“Uncomplicated”) and excursions into Southern boogie (‘Monkey In the Middle”) add some tang to the country-pop sounds that dominate the album. Atkins walks the blurry line between girl-chasing roughneck and thoughtful Average Joe fairly well; obviously, the years of woodshedding have given him a firm grip on his talent. He displays enough scruffy charisma on Honesty to make him an artist to watch.

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About Rodney Atkins

Though country singer Rodney Atkins didn't get his first guitar until one Christmas in high school, he took to the instrument instantly and was soon playing anywhere he could around his Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, home. While at college at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Atkins used the opportunity to go into Nashville as often as he could, and by the time he graduated, he was starting to make himself known as a performer in the area. In 1997, he signed to Curb Records and was set to release his debut shortly after, but when he didn't like the finished results and label head Mike Curb gave him the go-ahead to record new songs, Atkins spent the next two years working with various producers, engineers, and musicians for an album that would ultimately never see the light of day. He resurfaced, however, in 2003 with his true debut, Honesty, and three years later, If You're Going Through Hell, recorded in his home studio, came out. It's America arrived in 2009. Take a Back Road, Atkins' fourth studio album, appeared in 2011, led by the title track, one of that summer’s most memorable singles (complete with a George Strait name check) and it became Atkins' fastest-rising single to date. ~ Marisa Brown

  • ORIGIN
    Knoxville, TN
  • BORN
    Mar 28, 1969

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