Posted: 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013

Rodney Atkins to play Kuss

Springfield continues to land country music stars.



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By Andrew McGinn

Staff Writer

SPRINGFIELD —

With just five tickets left to sell for a Sept. 6 show by Vince Gill, the Clark State Performing Arts Center has decided to announce another upcoming country concert.

Rodney Atkins will play the center’s Kuss Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3.

Ranging in price from $20 to $59, tickets will first go on sale in person or by calling 937-328-3874 at 10 a.m. Aug. 14.

Online sales begin that day at noon at pac.clarkstate.edu.

“It’s our attempt to be all inclusive in our presentation of country music,” Stuart Secttor, the center’s executive director, said Thursday. “To go from Vince Gill to Rodney Atkins is a good indication of where we’re going with this.”

Named top new male vocalist at the 2006 Academy of Country Music Awards, Atkins is about to release a new single, Secttor said.

The last big hit for the Tennessee native was 2011’s “Take a Back Road,” which moseyed up the chart to No. 1.

“It’s exciting, because it’s another country artist who hasn’t been in the area,” Secttor said.

Other notable hits for Atkins include “Farmer’s Daughter,” “These Are My People,” “Watching You” and the most-played country song of 2006, “If You’re Going Through Hell.”

Another No. 1 song of his from 2007, “Cleaning This Gun,” turned up last summer on the big screen in “The Bourne Legacy.”

“These are all good country songs that speak to the heartland of America,” Secttor said.

Clark State’s earlier announcement that Gill will play Kuss in September also apparently spoke to people, despite a top ticket price of $100, which is still fairly rare for a concert in Springfield.

“I’m pleased it worked as I thought it would,” Secttor said.

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