CRS 2020 with Tim Atwood
Updated: Mar 8
Spend some time with the incomparable Tim Atwood during Country Radio Seminar 2020 and find out why he is Livin' The Dream
There are musicians and performers everywhere you look these days, however, there is only one, Mr. Tim Atwood. From over 8,500, plus, appearances at the Grand Ole Opry to standing room only, sold-out shows across the country, Atwood has been called the entertainer's entertainer, piano virtuoso and it is probably best described by the Grammy award winner and Grand Ole Opry matriarch Jeannie Seely, when she said, “Tim Atwood will have his audience laughing at one of his many road stories delivering his lines with a quick wit and country boy charm. Then he’ll fire that audience up like only he can – bopping his head and raking his foot across those keys – the audience clapping their hands and singing along, and just like that, he belts out a poignant ballad that puts a lump in their throats and a tear in their eyes. Tim Atwood is an entertainer!” How is that for some props in this industry?
We first met Atwood last year during Country Music Fan Fest at a benefit concert, Country For A Cause, and it was one of those, never forget that person, moments. The personality grabs you and the draw of that genuine authenticity keeps you locked in and engaged.
Atwood's debut single, "I'll Stand Up And Say So," which hails from his third album, Livin' The Dream, has been a patriotic anthem across the country. Listen as we discuss what this song means to him personally and to those who have been affected by the power of the lyrics as well as the moving, heartfelt delivery of this song. I am not sure there has been another song that is as patriotic and moving since Lee Greenwood's "God Bless The USA."
The single is hard-hitting, straight to the point, with topics that are considered "politically incorrect" in some places, however not here. God, Country, and Family are somethings we all need to stand up for more in our daily lives and top it off with just a little more kindness. I think we would find that with more positivity and simply being kind to one another, without expecting anything in return, the world is just a little brighter each time we offer those to others.
I would be remissed if I did not mention another one of my favorite songs on this album. The Garth Brooks' song, "Mom," for which Atwood delivers one of the most powerful and moving renditions. As a mother, this song will always make me tear up, even if just a little. However when Atwood brings his raw vulnerability and genuine heart to this song and leaves it out on the floor, which is not only heard but felt in each lyric, not only do the tears flow but the goosies are right there as well.
Being in this industry and hearing so many good songs, it still surprises me when one gets to me like so many on Atwood's album. I like those kinds of surprises!
Please make sure to get to a show and watch Atwood in action and it is guaranteed to be a night filled with some of your favorite songs, mixed with new ones that will soon be on that list, and you will see the energy, drive, heart, and soul that is put into each and every single performance by this one of a kind artist.
Tim, you and your amazing wife, Roxanne are two of the most humble, genuine and authentic people I have ever met. I am always excited when I know we are going to get a chance to talk and I am honored to call you, friends.
We can not wait to see what happens next, which I am patiently waiting for the invite when you get to perform in that circle, as a performer in your own right! (hint, hint)
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Tim Atwood hails from East Peoria, Illinois, where he began his music career playing gospel music at the age of thirteen for The Harris Family. It wasn’t long before Tim decided music was his calling and headed to Music City USA. Tim immediately began touring with country legends Mel Street, Lynn Anderson, and Jim Ed Brown, before settling in at the Grand Ole Opry, where he racked up over 8,500 Grand Ole Opry performances to his credit.
Tim successfully transitioned from the spotlight’s fringe where he played piano for Grammy award winners and CMA “Entertainers of the Year” to the center stage where he performs his high energy stage show for eager audiences all over the world.
Tim Atwood is known as an Entertainer’s Entertainer — one of the highest compliments you can receive in the music industry. And why not? This multi-award-winning piano virtuoso learned from the best.
With recent television appearances on the Hallmark channel’s Home & Family show, Fox News, RFD-TV’s Larry’s Country Diner and the television series Country Family Reunion: Another Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting, new converts to Tim’s music have discovered what long time Atwood fans have known all along Tim Atwood has a voice!
Tim is a stylist who feels every song he sings, and in turn, the audience feels it too.
Perhaps Grammy award winner and Grand Ole Opry matriarch Jeannie Seely summed up Tim’s talents best when she said, “Tim Atwood will have his audience laughing at one of his many road stories delivering his lines with a quick wit and country boy charm. Then he’ll fire that audience up like only he can – bopping his head and raking his foot across those keys – the audience clapping their hands and singing along, and just like that, he belts out a poignant ballad that puts a lump in their throats and a tear in their eyes. Tim Atwood is an entertainer!”
With recent nods for Entertainer of the Year by the Reunion of Professional Entertainers and Male Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists, Tim received the 2017 R.O.P.E. award for “Musician of the Year” and was named by the Genuine Country Music Association as their 2017 “Fan Favorite.” In June 2018, Tim was inducted into the ALM Musician’s Hall of Fame.
On the heels of his hit single “Let’s All Go Down To The River,” which earned him a top-five spot in the national music charts, Tim experienced a career highlight when he returned to the Grand Ole Opry stage as an artist. “From all those years backing country music’s elite on the Opry stage to walking on the Opry stage as an entertainer myself felt wonderfully strange. Yet it felt so right,” Tim reminisced. “I was back home.”
Tim’s third album Livin’ The Dream defines his current place in life. The album’s content reflects Tim’s love for traditional country music combined with his ability to update the classics to make them his own. His debut single, the patriotic anthem “I’ll Stand Up And Say So,” continues to be a crowd-pleaser and has been used widely during the many patriotic events recognizing those who have served.
While he enjoys performing his own show and recording his own projects, Tim continues to be a sought-after studio musician in Nashville. Being able to create great music for others is one of his favorite things about the music business. A devout Christian, Tim believes his gift FROM God is his gift TO God.
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