Rodney Atkins and Friends Give Back to Nashville With Fifth Annual Benefit Show
Rodney Atkins — the big-hearted country singer behind hits like "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)" and "Take a Back Road" — has announced he will host the annual Music City Gives Back benefit concert for the fifth time on June 9.
Held just two days before the massive 2015 CMA Music Festival kicks off in downtown Nashville, Atkins will be joined by a star-studded list of performers including Lee Brice, Tyler Farr, Maddie & Tae and Kip Moore.
“I’m grateful to be hosting this special event for the fifth year in a row alongside a stellar group of artists,” Atkins shares in a press release. “It truly means a lot to be able to give back through what I love to do most — play music.”
The Music City Gives Back concerts began in 2011 as a way to raise money for Nashville residents who suffered through the devastating 2010 flood, and this year will benefit the W.O. Smith Music School, which seeks to transform lives by providing affordable music instruction to low-income families.
Taking over a section of Lower Broadway between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, the event will be free to the public and will start with autograph sessions from noon until 6PM. After that, country mashup master Dee Jay Silver will perform, followed by Atkins and friends.
Event sponsor Carl Black Chevrolet will provide an audio stream of the shows live on CarlBlackRadio.com, while Wrangler will broadcast video of the event through WranglerNetwork.com. ALLY Financial is also a sponsor of the benefit.