Rodney Atkins Biography
When not doing chores or playing baseball with friends, Atkins spent time in high school with his guitar. He played, solo or with a band, at county fairs, festivals and shopping malls, most of the time losing money on expenses. Eventually, as a psychology major at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, he started visiting Nashville, playing more gigs and writing songs. Part of his degree program required that he get field experience, which led him to work as a clinical counselor at the Woodland Residential Center. He also did odd jobs to pay his way through school. While driving a delivery truck, he met the woman who would become his wife.
Curb Records signed Atkins and released two Top 40 singles in 2002. In 2003, the single "Honesty (Write Me a List)" climbed into the Top 5, and Curb finally released his debut album, Honesty