Fried Chicken and ‘Old Time Religion’—Opry Vet Tim Atwood Debuts Album with Picnic and Concert, August 14
Several Grand Ole Opry veteran performers join Tim Atwood on his new album, "That Old Time Religion." Left to right: Jeannie Seely, Jan Howard, TG Sheppard, Kelly Lang and Tim Atwood.
(HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn.) - Pianist Tim Atwood grew up performing in small country churches, so what better way to celebrate his new album “That Old Time Religion” than with an old-fashioned church picnic? The free event will be take place on Sunday, August 14, at the Rockland Recreation Area in Hendersonville, Tennessee, beginning at noon.
“I spent most of my life playing piano for country music’s elite on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, but I grew up playing gospel music in little country churches,” said Atwood, who was named Instrumentalist of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists (AWA) in 2016. “I know what talent I have is a gift from God. ‘That Old Time Religion’ is my gift back to God.”
“That Old Time Religion” is Atwood’s first gospel release since he left the Grand Ole Opry in 2014, after playing piano with the house band for 38 years. The album consists of 13 tracks featuring Atwood on lead vocals and piano, with guest appearances by several of his Opry friends: Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Bare, Jan Howard, TG Sheppard, Kelly Lang, The Tennessee River Boys, and Grammy-winner Jeannie Seely.
“This music takes me back to a little Methodist church in Pennsylvania where I grew up,” said Seely, who performs on the album’s title track. “This music is real. The love we have for God and each other is real. That’s what it’s all about.”
Atwood also allows the musicians to shine on the album, with Musicians Hall of Fame member Jimmy Capps and two members of the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame, Tommy White and Doug Jernigan. Meanwhile, vocal powerhouse Mandy Barnett joins Atwood on the classic song “Let’s All Go Down to the River,” which is being released to inspiration country radio as a single this month.
Barnett first met Atwood when she was 12, and he invited the burgeoning country singer to share the stage with him. The two artists later rekindled their friendship at the Grand Ole Opry, where Atwood spent years accompanying a virtual “who’s who” in country music, including Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, Little Jimmy Dickens, Carrie Underwood, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and many more.
Tim Atwood’s “That Old Time Religion” album release dinner-on-the-grounds and concert will take place on Sunday, August 14, from noon until 3:30 p.m. at the Rockland Recreation Area, 5 Power Plant Road, Hendersonville, Tennessee 37075. (Follow the signs to Shelter 2A.) The lunch menu will include fried chicken and covered dishes. Lunch will be served at 1:15, to be followed by a concert at 2:00. Admission is free. Guests are encouraged to bring a covered dish to share, but it is not required.
Tim Atwood is represented by Monarch Talent Management (MTM) in Nashville. More information is available at www.mtmagency.net. “That Old Time Religion” is available atwww.TimAtwood.com and on CD Baby.