Tom Roland


Rodney Atkins

Makin' Tracks: Rodney Atkins Takes An Adult View of His Past With 'Thank God For You'

With his new single — “Thank God for You,” Rodney Atkins returns to the tone and themes of his commercial peak, relaying the story of a rebellious teen who matures into a dedicated adult. The transformation occurs over a heartland-rock foundation — its central riff is so energetic and compact that it’s easy to draw a parallel with some of the Boss’s tightly wound signature riffs.
Eli Young Band

Makin' Tracks: Eli Young Band's Heartland Sound Wears Well in 'Break It In'

The new Eli Young Band single, “Break It In,” will likely work that way for a large chunk of fans. On first listen, its linear verses and understated arrangement yield a middling shrug. But on second exposure, the classic Americana images — a baseball glove, an old-school pickup truck and working-class boots — ring of familiarity.
Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash's Kitchen Opens Its Doors

Johnny Cash’s house burned down a dozen years ago, but a sense of the old mansion will be revived in a new downtown Nashville venue, Johnny Cash’s Kitchen & Saloon.