HUNTSVILLE — Country music fans are gearing up for several concerts that promise to draw thousands of outsiders to local ATV parks later this summer.
Brimstone Recreation and Trail's End Campground, both located in Huntsville, have announced concerts already, and additional announcements are expected.
Today, Trail's End Campground — which caters to ATV riders of the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area in eastern Scott County — announced that Rodney Atkins will headline its Stars & Stripes event on July 6.
Atkins, a native of nearby Claiborne County, has emerged as one of country music's brightest stars. The 44-year-old singer has six No. 1 hits, the most recent being 2011's "Take A Back Road." That single was the title cut from his latest album, which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard country charts.
Atkins arrived on the country music scene with several Top 40 hits in 2002 and 2003, including "Honestly," which peaked at No. 4 on the charts. But his real stardom began in 2006, when his "If You're Going Through Hell" album — later certified platinum — produced a string of four consecutive No. 1 singles. In addition to the title cut, Atkins took "Watching You," "These Are My People" and "Cleaning This Gun" to No. 1. In 2008, the title cut from his follow-up album, "It's America," rose to the top of the charts.
Few additional details from the Trail's End event have been announced.
The event will begin just two days after the Huntsville Fire Department's annual Firemen's Fourth Festival in Huntsville, which draws more than 10,000 people at the peak of the two-day event.
Meanwhile, Brimstone Recreation has announced — by way of its website — that Gretchen Wilson will headline its SXS Roundup event on Labor Day weekend. Wilson will appear in concert on Aug. 31.
The 39-year-old Grammy winner took three consecutive albums to No. 1 on the sales charts between 2004 and 2007, and was named the CMA Female Artist of the Year in 2005. Her debut single, "Redneck Woman," hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts, while she had several other Top 10 singles, including "Here For The Party," "When I Think About Cheatin'" and "Homewrecker."
Wilson's latest single, "Still Rollin'," was just released to radio.
Brimstone's White Knuckle events on Memorial Day weekend were moved from the traditional Half Cabin Event Area to River Road. However, there has been no announcement on where the SXS Roundup — which is still in the planning stages — will be headquartered.
While Trail's End Campground has made no formal announcement of an event it is planning for Labor Day weekend, country rapper Colt Ford has an Aug. 30 tour date at Trail's End listed on his website, coltford.com.
Ford, whose real name is Jason Farris Brown, most notably wrote "Dirt Road Anthem," which Brantley Gilbert turned into a No. 1 hit. While Ford does not have a Top 40 hit himself, his albums have consistently charted well. His latest, Declaration of Independence, released in August, rose to No. 1 on the U.S. country charts.