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Rodney Atkins Concert at Carl Black of Orlando

Updated on October 5, 2015
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Linda (Kaywood) Bilyeu is a self-published author. Her books are available on Amazon. She writes from the heart—there is no other way.

Meet and Greet with Rodney Atkins at Carl Black

Before I share my meet and greet with Rodney Atkins experience with y'all, I am going to share leading up to the moment first...

Folks in east Orlando are lucky enough to have a car dealership that hosts free country music concerts. Carl Black of Orlando and Orlando's number one country music radio station K92.3 really knows how to throw an awesome concert. They know how to make their guests happy.

The reason why they host the free concerts is not important, what is important is that they give back to their community and do so with a vengeance. I am sure they hope they sell a car or two in the process, heck, that sounds like a good plan to me!

Rain or shine when the good folks at Carl Black say they are hosting a concert, they host it...unless of course the entertainer is a no-show, then obviously there won't be a concert. I think I recall that happening one time in many years, due to an illness.

A free outdoor concert is a great way to appreciate the music, the moment and the memories.

Sunshine and her Grandchickies met Rodney Atkins!

Photo Courtesy of Carl Black Orlando
Photo Courtesy of Carl Black Orlando

Rodney Atkin's #1 Hits

  • If You're Going Through Hell
  • Watching You
  • These Are My People
  • Cleaning This Gun
  • It's America
  • Take A Back Road

Who is Rodney Atkins?

On April 11th, 2015 Carl Black hosted a concert and the entertainer was country music sensation, Rodney Atkins. If you never heard of him will now, so y'all be sure and keep reading.

Rodney Atkins has been a part of the country music scene for many years. He released his first single with Curb Records in 1997. He then took a back road for one reason or another which is irrelevant.

Rodney returned to country music in 2002 and he released his first album in 2003. Three years later he scored his first #1 hit. Since then Rodney has scored six #1 songs and released four albums. Rodney Atkin's songs are the kind that once you hear them, you never forget them...they get stuck in your head and you don't mind it! Well, I don't mind, but my family probably does.

Rodney was named Top Male Vocalist in 2006 and trust me when I say...he still has those vocals that make you want to keep on listening.

Rodney was born on March 28, 1969 in Knoxville, TN. His mother was young and not prepared to raise a child. Rodney was put up for adoption and after two placements and three requests, he finally found a home with the Atkins family. Bless that young boys heart to have such a rough start and continue on to make a success out of his life.

He continues to donate and help raise funds for the Holston United Methodist Home For Children, the home he spent a portion of his childhood in before he was securely placed with a family. He continues to pay it forward...

The concert was awesome! Over 300 people were in attendance. Rodney performed for about 35 minutes and the crowd sang along. It was 90* and sunny, but the heat didn't stop the parking lot party from happening. We had a great time.

After the concert was the meet and greet...did I mention that I got to meet Rodney? Keep on reading...

First in line for the meet and greet.
First in line for the meet and greet. | Source

Rodney Atkins: Cleaning This Gun (live snippet)

Meet and Greet with Rodney Atkins

My family and I were standing in the Carl Black showroom enjoying some cool air while trying to figure out why people were standing in a long line outside.

It was at this time that my phone rang. I'm thinking who the heck is this, I had most of my posse with me?? I almost had the call go to voicemail but I am so glad I didn't.

On the other end of the phone was a nice lady from Kenisaw, GA who was calling to inform me that I had won the Facebook contest to be the FIRST person in line to meet & greet with Rodney after the concert! FOR REAL? Yes ma'am, she replied. After some hooting and hollering, Gabby proceeded to give me further instructions...

She told me Mackenzie is in the parking lot and will be calling me soon to give me my meet and greet pass! OMG! Being the curious person I am, I then asked the people on the line what they were waiting for...they said meet & greet passes. Oh my! Good luck with that folks, I just scored my pass via my smartphone!

Being the impatient person that I am and instead of waiting for Mackenzie to call me, I went to hunt her down. My first stop was the booth for our local radio station, K92.3, to ask for Mackenzie's whereabouts. The friendly folks directed me to the Carl Black booth where I found my prey.

Mackenzie was about excited as I was! She said I was just about to call you! She then gave me my passes...number one and my guest number two. Woohoo!! I was only allowed 1 guest but could take all 5 members of my posse with me if they stood in line for the meet & greet daughter and hubby opted out.

So I picked my granddaughters as my number two. Lily would be on my hip so we would both count as one person. Score!

One of the reasons I selected my granddaughters is because Lily and Rodney made contact with each other during the concert. I had Lily on my hip, she seems to like that resting spot, and we were shaking our moneymakers...they waved hello to each other twice! The other reason is that I wanted this concert to be a memory that I made with my granddaughters. So, hopefully when they become country music stars they could Grandma Sunshine inspired me with her love of country music! Hey, it could happen! Dream Big or Go Home!

The meet and greet went great! Rodney was very nice, seemed a bit shy, but who could blame him. I mentioned that Little Lily was going to be a country singer, he smiled and wished her good luck. Faith, Lily and I each received a signed promotional picture of Rodney. We then had our photo taken and most of all...we were Number 1 and Number 2. It was a pleasure meeting Rodney and making memories with my family. If it wasn't for Carl Black of Orlando, this opportunity couldn't have happened. So if y'all are in need of some new wheels...check out Carl Black, tell them Sunshine from Orlando sent you.

Rodney Atkins - If You're Going Through Hell

Being hydrated is a must!
Being hydrated is a must! | Source

How To Host A Successful Free Outdoor Concert...

In order to host a successful concert I would suggest doing it the Carl Black of Orlando way. First of all make it FREE. Who doesn't like freebies? I know I do!

Start by sharing the event via social media sites. Request that your followers share the posts also.

Make your post appealing with photos of the artists and be sure and list accurate times. Also add links to register for Meet and Greets and to possibly win a signed guitar.

Have accessible parking that is easy to manage and free!

Offer free food and drinks! Not just any food, but edible and easy to eat finger food, such as chicken fingers. Fill the back of a pick up truck with lots of ice, water bottles and soda.

Have a game or two to keep the fans occupied while they wait for the artists arrival.

Clean and easily accessible restrooms are a must!

Friendly and courteous staff is a bonus!

Place the stage where no matter how many fans there are, they could see the artist from any angle.

Effortlessly plan the meet and greet so that the process is efficient and timely so that as many fans can enjoy a meet and greet before the awesome artist who performed the concert has to leave for his next gig.

Have a local radio station on the premises to help guide the fans and to offer entertainment as well.

When fans leave have those same awesome staff members smoothly guide them off the premises.

See how simple that is?

Thank you Carl Black and Rodney Atkins for an amazing event!
Thank you Carl Black and Rodney Atkins for an amazing event! | Source
Rodney Atkins concert photobomb
Rodney Atkins concert photobomb | Source

Rodney Atkins - Take A Back Road

Proper Etiquette at a Free Outdoor Concert

Keep in mind that the event you are attending is free.

There is no charge for you or your family or friends. You were cordially invited to attend, so be cordial.

Show your appreciation by being on your best behavior.

  • Do not park where you aren't supposed to.
  • Do not be loud or boisterous.
  • Do not swear.
  • Do not smoke around other people who aren't smoking. Step aside.
  • Do not take advantage of the free food and eat more than you need to.
  • Be courteous to other fans. Do not stand in the way of other fans trying to enjoy the show by shaking your moneymaker. (My apologies to those fans!)
  • Do not leave your trash on the ground, find the appropriate receptacles and dispose of your garbage.
  • Thank the entertainer by hooting and hollering your heart away!
  • Thank the host by showing respect while on their property, giving them a shout out on social media, or in this case by purchasing or leasing a car.

Luckily I did not witness any of these events at the concert. The fans were very polite and well mannered. But, I have been to free concerts where the fans were not up to par.

My posse and I had a great time making memories. Hopefully my daughter and granddaughters will now start appreciating country music as much as I do! Yeehaw!

My posse...
My posse... | Source

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Rodney Atkins - These Are My People

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    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      We had a great time meeting Rodney Atkins. Thanks for stopping by HBN!

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      4 years ago from South Carolina

      Wow! Voted this up across the board--I had a fun time just reading about this concert and listening to the videos.

      How wonderful that you and your granddaughters were able to be #1 at the meet and greet, and thank you for sharing the experience!



    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you so much for sharing your Gary Allan story! Yes...I do remember your granddaughter's name is also is such a pretty name for pretty granddaughters! :)

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      I came back to see your "posse" picture which is showing up now for me, plus to thank you for the tip on placing the names of country music stars in the titles of hubs. I looked over your titles and see to what you are referring.

      I think I may have shared this with you before about one of my granddaughters being named Lily too : )

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Linda,

      I love outdoor concerts, especially if they are free! What a wonderful community event and bless those who sponsored it. Thank you for sharing your photos of the fun day you had with your grands too.

      I remember a while back getting to do a meet and greet with Gary Alan, a country singer who I was obsessed about at that time. LOL I was a member of his fan club back then. I wrote about it and my funny obsession LOL.

      Speaking of Keith Urban, I was thrilled we saw him, with a great line-up on the Neon Circus Tour. It rained a bit, and people left ...of all things? So, we moved up and got up, close and personal to see Keith in action. I will remember that day for a long while ...

      Now, I am a big Woo Hooer, so not sure if I would last at this concert if one couldn't do a good ole woo hoo ...for they are pretty loud. Hee hee

      For some reason one of your photos was "x" out, the "posse" but I think it is on my end.

      Enjoyed the read.

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Tills, Meeting Rodney Atkins was an exciting moment! It is always nice to meet some one you have been a fan of for years. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Your enthusiasm bubbles over into your hub! Its easy to see you had a great time as the pictures are picture perfect.

      How wonderful you got those free passes. I'm sure your granddaughters will talk about this concert and their Sunshine when they grow up!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Yeehaw, Deb!!

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Travmaj, I hope you enjoy Rodney Atkin's music as much as I do! :)

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Susan...You would have had a blast too! Thanks for returning after the crash! :)

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      Deborah Neyens 

      4 years ago from Iowa

      I am not a country music fan so I must admit I never knew who Rodney Atkins was before reading this. But I know you love your country music so I'm glad you got this opportunity!

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      4 years ago from australia

      Way to go, you really did have a glorious day out with the family. And what a bonus with meet and greet. So exciting. I am not familiar with Rodney Atkins but will be keeping a look out now. Fun read, thank you,

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I was here reading your hub about 45 min. ago and my computer crashed :( You know me .... the determined one to come back and post a comment.

      How exciting for you and the grandkids! I would have loved to have been in your shoes. Awesome, Awesome!!!!

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I thought it was about time my grandchickies discovered there were other artists besides Taylor Swift! :)

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi DJ, Stop by any time...I never close shop! :))

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Yay, MM! I am glad you are enjoying the tunes of Rodney Atkin's! Thank you for the share! :))

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      4 years ago

      The sun ways shines on our Sunshine! Io e this hub and will be checking out his music. I am glad to see you introduce your grandchickies to country music. This was delightful to read and your enthusiasm is catching! Great hub!

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      DJ Anderson 

      4 years ago

      What a great story.

      Sounds like you and the posse had a blast!!

      Thanks for sharing with us.


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      Maria Jordan 

      4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      I'm rocking the Jordan house this morning with some Rodney Atkins thanks to your wonderful introduction - love his sound, also his big heart as you've described so well in this hub.

      Bravo to Carl Black for also giving back to the community... :)

      What an awesome experience for Faith and Lily - the whole family, thanks to Sunshine - you go girl! Voted UP and sharing. Love, MM

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Audrey, I thought you might have been familiar with Rodney Atkins or that you possibly met him back in the day...I'm glad I was right! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Yeehaw, Julio!!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      Linda, I had no idea Carl Black puts on free concerts. How cool is that? You sure have great luck with meeting country stars. Just shows you what a little tenacity will do for ya!

      Looks like you and your posse had a blast. Smiles all the way around. Thanx for sharing your fun in the sun with us Linda!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I remember when Rodney Atkins signed with Mike Curb. I love this guy! So happy you and the girls were able to attend this concert. This memory will live in their hearts through the years. You're a terrific Gramma! Enjoyed this hub and the videos. Now, I'm gonna do some sharing.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      Seems like you all had a great time! It must have been awesome to meet Rodney Atkins in person.

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      Julio E Olmo Sr 

      4 years ago from Florida, USA

      Great! The Sunshine girls getting there Cowgirls on!

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Good to know, Mary. I shared a few of Rodney Atkin's videos for others to enjoy.

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Faith and Lily were a bit confused with all the activity, but they enjoyed the experience! :)

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      Mary Hyatt 

      4 years ago from Florida

      I'm happy you had a great time with your family at this concert. I'm not familiar with Rodney Atkins although I enjoyed the video.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pretty exciting times, Linda. Great experience for those grandkids.

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Haha! It wasn't that easy, Nell. I did get lucky by winning the passes via Facebook. I bet you would really enjoy Rodney Atkin's music. If you need a new car be sure and fly across the pond to purchase one from Carl Black!

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Hiya Linda, how do you do it? you just stand in line, smile, and get a free pass! LOL! way to go! what a great day out! I don't know him, but we are not big on country and western singers over here, which is a shame cos I love their music! Amazing!

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Flourish and Color...We had a blast! I hope you become Rodney fans also! :)

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I did have a Meet and Greet with Keith Urban about 15 years ago...He was also very nice. He was new to country music and didn't have a following like he does jumped on the band wagon once Sunshine met KU! :)

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      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Sounds like you and the girls had a perfectly wonderful day at the concert. It's a real gift for a community to present such a treat to the area. Believe it or not GF, I have actually heard of Rodney and appreciate his music.

      I am sure you and the chickies had a ball!! Nice if you to share this experience with us! Here's to Country music, the Country Celebs and all their devoted fans!!!! Hey, tell me SFAM.....if you met Keith face to face and he hugged you and gave you a kiss on the cheek....Would you positively pass out cold??? LOLOLOLOLOLOLO

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      Susie Lehto 

      4 years ago from Minnesota

      Rodney Atkins is a very good performer, one that I would love to see in a live concert. Sounds like you all had a great time. I love that song "If Your Going Through Hell"... enjoyed listening to it. - Interesting hub!

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      4 years ago from USA

      Looks like you had a great time, Linda! Cute grandkids, too. I woulda liked that concert -- who wouldn't love a free country music concert? Great music. How lucky to have a car dealership like that and to have won that contest.


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