Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has announced that Rodney Atkins will release his next album with the restaurant chain. Cracker Barrel Presents Rodney Atkins will be available on September 6, and will feature four No. 1 hits, including “These Are My People,” “Watching You,” and the current Billboard Top 20 single “Farmer’s Daughter,” which is approaching 300,000 digital downloads in just a few short months. The CD will also feature the previously unreleased song “More Like Your Memory (Always Takes Me Back),” and will be available only at Cracker Barrel.
Atkins earned the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Male Vocalist award in 2006, as well as five other ACM nominations and two Country Music Association nominations during the last four years. Having had the Most Played Songs of 2007 and 2008, Atkins maintains an active touring schedule, performing for over a million fans a year for the past three years.
“I love seeing a “Cracker Barrel Up Ahead” sign on the road ‘cause we all know that whenever you stop by, you are guaranteed to get a great meal – just like home,” Atkins says. “I’m excited to team up with the Cracker Barrel family and to make this new CD available exclusively to the folks stopping by.”
“Rodney is a great performer and his shows appeal to fans of all ages, and that’s the same appeal that Cracker Barrel offers to multi-generational families,” said Peter Keiser, Cracker Barrel’s Vice President of Marketing. “We expect that this special CD will provide some good times for a lot of people.”
The previously unreleased song on Cracker Barrel Presents Rodney Atkins, “More Like Your Memory (Always Takes Me Back),” is one of the first songs that Atkins wrote.
In July of this year of this year, Cracker Barrel released Craig Morgan’s That’s Why- Collector’s Edition, and in May the release of Wynonna’s Love Heals debuted at #7 on the Billboard Magazine Top Country Albums chart. February’s release of Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums chart. Releases in 2009 included November’s Songs of Love and Heartache by Alan Jackson, September’s release of an exclusive new version of The Foundation by the Zac Brown Band, August’s George Jones’ release of A Collection Of My Best Recollection, May’s release of Montgomery Gentry’s For Our Heroes, which debuted at #5 on Billboard Magazine’s Top Country Albums chart, and March’s release of Dolly Parton’s Collector’s Edition of Backwoods Barbie, which debuted at #9 on that chart. Over the last few years, Cracker Barrel has released exclusive CDs with Bill Gaither, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Tippin, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Josh Turner, Amy Grant, Sara Evans, and Charlie Daniels.