Country artists set to take the stage during the 2013 Lincoln County Fair

 Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 11:27 am

Jerrod Niemann

Jerrod Niemann

Jerrod Niemann is scheduled to open for Rodney Atkins at the Lincoln County Fair, on the Main Stage, Saturday night. Born in Harper, Kan. and raised in Liberal, KS Niemann grew up as no stranger to country music. His earliest music memories are of country legends Lefty Frizzell, George Strait and Keith Whitley. Jerrod learned to play guitar at a young age and was performing self-written tracks at local talent contests by the age of ten.

After High School Niemann went to South Plains College in Levelland, Texas and then moved to Nashville, TN. Although he didn’t receive instant recognition for his vocal talents, his talents as a songwriter were able to shine in Nashville and Neimann wrote songs for both Garth Brooks and Neal McCoy.

In 2010 Niemann finally released his first major record Judge Jerrod and The Hung Jury, which reached number one on the Billboard Country Album Chart. The success of the able was due in large part to his number one single “Lover, Lover” and “What Do You Want” a top five Billboard hit.

In 2012 Niemann released Free the Music which features hit singles “Only God Could Love You More” and “Shinin’ On Me.” Jerrod has finally earned the success he deserves after many years of hard work and has many prestigious nominations from CMA, CMT and the American Country Awards.

Niemann is playing 200 solo shows this year and the Lincoln County Fair will be blessed to have such a wonderful singer bless their stage.

However, Niemann is not the only blesing to take the stage Saturday night.

Though country singer Rodney Atkins didn’t get his first guitar until high school, he took to the instrument instantly and was soon playing

Rodney Atkins

Rodney Atkins

anywhere he could around his Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, home. While at college at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Atkins used the opportunity to go into Nashville as often as he could, and he had started making a name for himself by the time he graduated. He signed to Curb Records in 1997 and was set to release his debut shortly after. However, he was unhappy with the finished results and label head Mike Curb gave him the chance to record new songs. Atkins spent two years working with various producers, engineers, and musicians for an album that would ultimately never see the light of day.

In 2003 he finally released his debut, Honesty, and three years later, If You’re Going Through Hell, recorded in his home studio, came out. In 2006 Rodney was recognized as ACM’s Top New Male Vocalist while also receiving back to back recognition with Billboard’s Most Played Song of the Year Award for “If You’re Going Through Hell” in 2006 and “Watching You” in 2007. It’s America arrived in 2009 followed by Take a Back Road, Atkins’ fourth studio album; appeared in 2011, featuring the title track Take a Back Road, which was a huge success.

Rodney’s success has landed him on television shows such as the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Early Show won CBS, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Good Morning America, and many more.

See both Niemann and Atkins live at the Lincoln County Fair starting at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13.

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