If You're Going Through Hell

If You're Going Through Hell

by Rodney AtkinsRodney Atkins


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Blessed with an expressive, masculine baritone and a sensitive soul, Rodney Atkins makes an impressive debut with a collection of songs about family, friends, fortitude, and self-reliance. Atkins doesn't preach, but it's traditional values he celebrates, as on the stomping, fiddle-fired country rocker "These Are My People": church league softball, working hard at a day job, and so on, "giving this life everything we've got / and then some." In the churning "Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)," he recalls how his girlfriend's dad laid down the law to him on a first date, reminding him "he'll be up all night / cleaning this gun," and reflects on the far-off moment when his own daughter finds "that teenage boy just like me." A lesson of a different sort is taught by his young 'un in "Watching You," a driving, acoustic-based story that starts when a young son cuts loose with a four-letter word, which sets off a series of insightful reflections on parental responsibility set to thundering drums, sizzling guitar, and soaring pedal steel. Persevering through hard times is the message illustrated in the hit title song, a tune cloaked in Celtic finery (via bagpipes) and traditional country strains that seems to sum up the appealing essence of this most promising young artist. Keep an eye on him.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/18/2006
Label: Curb Records
UPC: 0715187894525
catalogNumber: 78945

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rodney Atkins   Primary Artist
Gary Prim   Piano,Hammond Organ
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Colin Campbell   Crowd Noise
Larry Franklin   Fiddle,Mandolin
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Ted Hewitt   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Julian King   Percussion
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Gordon Mote   Piano,Hammond Organ
Larry Paxton   Bass
Kelly Pody   Crowd Noise
Shawn Pody   Crowd Noise
Wanda Vick   Banjo
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Terje Petrus Bratlie   Crowd Noise
Troy Lancaster   Electric Guitar
Skip Cleavinger   uillean pipes
Scotty Sanders   Steel Guitar
Jim "Moose" Brown   Piano
Danielle Caffey   Crowd Noise
Sandi Harrison   Crowd Noise
Steven Sheehan   Acoustic Guitar,Crowd Noise
Aaron Bowlin   Crowd Noise
Angela Hurt   Background Vocals,Crowd Noise
Tammy Jo Atkins   Crowd Noise
Doug Barnard   Crowd Noise
Clayton Bozeman   Crowd Noise
Rhonda Chaffin   Crowd Noise
CiGi   Crowd Noise
James Hedden   Crowd Noise
Tecia Hedden   Crowd Noise
Lindsey Herren   Crowd Noise
Justin Luffman   Crowd Noise
Marianne Mashburn   Crowd Noise
Charlie Miralez   Crowd Noise
Nicole Miralez   Crowd Noise
Jenn Poppe   Crowd Noise
Kevin Rapillo   Crowd Noise
Belinda Smith   Crowd Noise
Natalie Stout   Crowd Noise
Jenny Tackett   Crowd Noise
Kathryn Vieira   Crowd Noise
Mike Johnson   Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Steve Dean   Composer
Tony Green   Engineer
Ted Hewitt   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Michael Lunn   Composer
Craig White   Engineer
Tom Hambridge   Composer
Rodney Atkins   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Danny Simpson   Composer
Annie Tate   Composer
Sam Tate   Composer
Bobby Tomberlin   Composer
Kent Agee   Composer
Casey Beathard   Composer
Billy Kirsch   Composer
Dave Berg   Composer
Shane Minor   Composer
P.T. Houston   Engineer
Marla Cannon-Goodman   Composer

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