Rodney Atkins will be with his people at House of Blues
by Chuck Yarborough/Plain Dealer Reporter Tuesday February 03, 2009, 12:51 PMhttp://www.cleveland.com/music/index.ssf/friday/
Darron Cummings/Associated Press
Rodney Atkins spent the short layoff between his fall and winter tours with a vocal coach. The result is a more powerful voice delivering his anthemic hits, such as "These Are My People."
When: 8 p.m. Friday.
Where: House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave.
Opener: Robbie Jay Band
Tickets: $29.50 to $42, plus fees, available through Ticketmaster, call 216-241-5555 (Cleveland), 330-945-9400 (Akron).
Uh-oh. Look out country music world. Rodney Atkins is back and he's loaded for bear, courtesy of a new vocal coach.
Atkins, who's at the House of Blues Friday, had just come off the fall leg of his tour and was feeling a little strain as he headed towards his Nashville area ranch for the holidays. Who wouldn't, considering the guy has put out hits like "These Are My People," "Watching You" and the anthemic "If You're Going Through Hell (Keep on Movin')" and has been touring non-stop? Atkins was TIRED. And so, it seems, was his voice.
Janet Kenyon, who's worked with "American Idol" contestants like Melinda Dolittle, took up the challenge.
"It's amazing," Atkins said in a call en route to Texas from a tour stop in Denver last month. "We started from square one like I'd never sung a note in my life and retaught myself to sing. Turns out, I was making it harder to sing."