Country music star Rodney Atkins to headline Palmetto’s Fourth of July festival

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BY MARK YOUNG

PALMETTO — Palmetto Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant announced Thursday that country music star Rodney Atkins and rising star Craig Campbell, will headline the city’s fifth annual “Fourth Festival,” in July at Sutton Park.

“The Palmetto Community Redevelopment Agency sponsors the July 4 celebration to promote Palmetto’s downtown business district, our beautiful parks and waterfront,” Bryant said in a prepared statement. “We want everyone to come, have a great time and learn a little more about Palmetto.”

Atkins has six No. 1 hits from his first three contemporary country albums, including “Watching You,” “If You’re Going through Hell,” and “These Are My People.”

“Farmer’s Daughter” and “Take a Back Road,” are his most recent successes and Atkins will take the Sutton Park stage at 7 p.m. on July 4.

Campbell recently climbed the Top 10 country music charts with “Keep Them Kisses Comin,” from his second album “Never Regret.” He delivered three hits off his debut self-titled album, including “Family Man,” “When I Get It,” and “Fish.” Campbell is scheduled to open the concert at 4 p.m.

Atkins will play up to the 9 p.m. fireworks show over the Manatee River, sponsored by the cities of Palmetto and Bradenton.