Rodney Atkins met Fox 411 Country at the historic "Mother Church of Country" Ryman Auditorium during CMA Music Festival, where he was spending the week doing fan signings and performances. He also got a chance to see firsthand how music city has pulled together after the tragic floods.
“Yesterday I played down on the River Stages, and all that was underwater, but yesterday there was 25,000 people or something all over the banks," he told FOX411 Country.
The “It’s America” singer also gave credit to visitors from all over the map who made the trip this year. “That's what's so great about this country, people are taking vacation time to come and help these folks restore their homes and businesses. And coming in to CMA Fest, the owners of the businesses on lower Broadway went into working overtime to clean up their places and make it nice for everybody, because it's all about hospitality in Nashville.”
Atkins is busy these days on the road in anticipation of a new album due out in the fall, and said he appreciates the way folks are spreading the word about his latest single “Farmer’s Daughter.”
“People put it out there on Twitter, Facebook, whatever, and people find out about it, then they look it up... it's become the most downloaded single we've ever had.”
Click the video above to hear more about Rodney's music, tour, and the efforts being made to help Nashville recover from this year's devastating floods.