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CRACKER BARREL PRESENTS RODNEY ATKINS ... Current and past hits, and an exclusive new song.

September 6th, 2010 - The newest CD release in Cracker Barrel’s Old Country Store’s exclusive music program is available today! The popular family restaurant chain is pleased to announce that Cracker Barrel Presents Rodney Atkins is now available and features four #1 hits, including “These Are My People” and "Watching You," and the current Billboard Top 20 and rising single “Farmer’s Daughter” which has surpassed 300,000 digital downloads in just a few short months. The CD also features the previously unreleased song “More Like Your Memory (Always Takes Me Back),” and is available only at Cracker Barrel.

Rodney Atkins earned the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Male Vocalist award in 2006, as well as five other ACM nominations and two Country Music Association® nominations during the last four years. Having had the Most Played Songs of 2007 and 2008, Rodney maintains an active touring schedule and has performed for over a million fans a year for the past three years. The video of his current hit features his real-life wife, Tammy Jo, as the “Farmer’s Daughter”.

Like millions of Americans, Rodney enjoys stopping at Cracker Barrel when he's on the road, sitting for awhile on the front porch, and having a great meal. “I love seeing a sign letting me know there’s a Cracker Barrel up ahead on the road ‘cause we all know that whenever you stop by, you are guaranteed to get a great meal – just like home. I’m excited to team up with the Cracker Barrel family and to make this new CD available exclusively to the folks stopping by,” said Rodney. Menu favorites for Rodney include the open roast beef sandwich, biscuits n’gravy, hash brown casserole, chicken n' dumplins and of course a “big ol' glass of sweet tea with lemon”.

“Rodney is a great performer and his shows appeal to fans of all ages, and that’s the same appeal that Cracker Barrel offers to multi-generational families,” said Peter Keiser, Cracker Barrel’s Vice President of Marketing. “We expect that this special CD will provide some good times for a lot of people.”

The previously unreleased song on Cracker Barrel Presents Rodney Atkins, “More Like Your Memory (Always Takes Me Back),” is one of the first songs that Rodney wrote and which opened the door to producing his own records with long-time co-producer, Ted Hewitt.

Cracker Barrel’s exclusive music program features numerous projects. In July of this year, Cracker Barrel released Craig Morgan’s That’s Why- Collector’s Edition,and in May the release of Wynonna’s Love Heals debuted at #7 on the Billboard Magazine Top Country Albums chart. February’s release of Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums chart, where it spent nine weeks in the top position and 18 weeks overall in one of the three top positions since its release on February 1st. Releases in 2009 included November’s Songs of Love and Heartache by Alan Jackson, September’s release of an exclusive new version of The Foundation by the Zac Brown Band, August’s George Jones’ release of A Collection Of My Best Recollection, May’s release of Montgomery Gentry’s For Our Heroes, which debuted at #5 on Billboard Magazine’s Top Country Albums chart, and March’s release of Dolly Parton’s Collector’s Edition of Backwoods Barbie, which debuted at #9 on that chart. Over the last few years, Cracker Barrel has released exclusive CDs with Bill Gaither, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Tippin, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Josh Turner, Amy Grant, Sara Evans, and Charlie Daniels.