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Rodney Atkins to Perform at Republican National Convention

Rodney Atkins
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The Republican National Convention is in for a real treat this year. On August 26, politicians will step off their platforms to give Rodney Atkins the stage. The singer will headline the RNC welcoming party, which will take place at Tropicana Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla.

“I would liken this to a Super Bowl halftime show,” Tampa Bay Host Committee president Ken Jones told the Tampa Bay Times. “It’s going to be something that’s so unique, people are going to be talking about it until the next convention.”

The ‘Take a Back Road’ hitmaker will be joined onstage by former ‘American Idol’ contestant Shannon Magrane, as well as Karla Davis from ‘The Voice.’ Other entertainment will include drum bands, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders, Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Atkins was originally going to stand beside country music stars Willie Nelson and Randy Travis at the convention, but recent conflicts have kept the two country legends from attending the event. Nelson had to cancel a show over the weekend (August 18) due to a sudden illness, and Travis has been making headlines lately for a DWI arrest. Fortunately, Atkins has the country music star power to handle the RNC welcoming party without other major names to back him up.

Who knew that politicians can let loose and have fun? With help from Atkins, they should have no trouble unwinding.

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