Monday, March 29, 2010

Rodney Atkins coming to UW

Platinum-selling artist and Academy of Country Music Top New Male Vocalist of the Year Rodney Atkins will perform at the University of Wyoming Arts and Sciences auditorium Thursday, April 15, at 8 p.m.

Due to the nature of this concert, tickets will not be released to the general public. UW students will be required to present their Wyo-One ID card to purchase tickets and UW employees can present their faculty/staff ID or a copy of their paystub.

Reserved seating tickets go on sale to UW students Monday, March 29, at 9 a.m. for $7 and to the rest of the UW community Wednesday, March 31, at 9 a.m. for $10. Tickets can be purchased at the Wyoming Union information desk, Fine Arts Center box office or by phone at (307) 766-6666. There is a limit of six tickets per person.

In 2006, Atkins took the country music scene by storm with his platinum selling album "If You're Going Through Hell." This album earned Atkins the Academy of Music's Top New Male Vocalist award in 2008 as well as five other nominations and two Country Music Association nominations. Atkins made another strong connection with his listeners on his latest album, "It's America."

"I try to sing songs with an honest view of ourselves, of myself, of the struggle, of the laughter," Atkins says. "It's about being human."

Regional country sensation, Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band, will open the concert. The band has played honky-tonks across the western United States. Williams was raised on a ranch in northeastern Wyoming and attended UW on a rodeo scholarship, giving his music a Wyoming influence. Williams and band will play original songs from their two albums "Road Between the Rodeos" and "Honky Tonk Road."

Atkins' performance is sponsored by the ASUW Concerts and Convocations Committee. For more information, call Michael Lange at (307) 766-6340 or visit