Rodney Atkins performs at Tin Roof

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By Holly Brucken

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An energetic crowd welcomed Rodney Atkins as he performed at Tin Roof on Tuesday night.

The concert was presented by 98.1 the Bull. The band 64West, a country band that performs regularly at Tin Roof in Lexington and in Louisville, opened up for the crowd.

Atkins began singing at 7:30, performing a set list that included both old and recent songs, including “Farmer’s Daughter,” “Watching You,” “Take a Backroad,” and “These Are My People.”

The band and the crowd picked up energy during the performance. Midway through the concert, Rodney surprised the audience with a cover of “Drift Away,” which soon transformed into his own song, “Rock and Roll.”

The audience welcomed the cover with enthusiasm.

Atkins engaged the audience throughout the concert. The crowd cheered for “It’s America” and with Atkins’ encouragement, joined in boisterously on the chorus. After “It’s America,” he played another cover, “I Can See Clearly Now,” with his own song “If You’re Going Through Hell.”

The Tin Roof crowd then exploded into a round of “C-A-T-S, Cats, Cats, Cats,” while shouting praise to Atkins and asking him to stay on.

Local artist Jordan English followed Atkins’ performance. The Tin Roof’s goal, according to manager Jason Stephen, is to help up-and-coming artists like Jordan grow.

“All the bands that do the Tin Roof Circuit know each other,” English said. “It’s a good vibe.”

Florida-Georgia Line will perform at the Tin Roof on Tuesday. There will also be a “New Music Happy Hour” with Randy Houser on Oct. 11.