Rodney Atkins is one country star that's in high demand with Hawk listeners.  Often at Hawk Road Shows, I get asked when Rodney will be coming close to Binghamton.  It just so happens he's coming very close. Rodney plays the Harford Fair Thursday night at 8pm.

The "Take A Back Road," "If You're Going Through Hell" singer will be making a lot of his Southern Tier/Northeast Pennsylvania fans happy by playing songs from his new album.

Here are some Rodney Atkins facts you may not know:

1)  Rodney has an eclectic musical taste.  He lists his influences as: Ray Charles, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks and ZZ Top

2)  Rodney was encouraged by some industry folks to take a stage name so he wouldn't be confused with Trace Adkins or Rhett Akins, but Rodney refused, saying, "I'm pretty lucky to have a last name, so I'm not going to change my name."  Good for him.

3)  Most of his songs are based around his family, something that he has embraced his whole life after being adopted.  Rodney is also very patriotic so expect a very red, white and blue show at the Harford Fair Thursday night.  He loves to entertain the troops and he proudly wears his flag for all to see.

4)  In October of 2011, Atkins was part of the "Thank You Movement," which was billed as "the world's largest thank you to the military ever." It was announced on The Today Show, with Rodney being the Ambassador. Atkins always makes time for supporting both active duty military personnel and veterans.

5)  Rodney is a big fisherman and hunter.  He tells USA Today's Hunt & Fish Magazine about his favorite moment:  "Wow, hunting and fishing with my son. From seeing him get his first buck to watching him reel in a 9-pound large mouth bass. Truthfully, it's just spending those moments in the stillness of the outdoors with him. That is true peace of mind."

98.1 the Hawk's Glenn & Traci will be welcoming Rodney Atkins to the Harford Fair stage Thursday night at 8:00.

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