Mikael Wood
October 04, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Take A Back Road

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Rodney Atkins
music label
81182
genre
Country

We gave it a B

This Nashville journeyman can lay on the aw-shucks shtick pretty thick in Take a Back Road: On ”Lifelines,” he sits down to Sunday dinner at ? Mama’s house and tells her he’s feeling good — ”almost as good as your gravy.” (No wonder Cracker Barrel released his best-of last year.) At his most relaxed, though — as on ”Growing Up Like That” or the hit title track — Atkins makes for a first-rate correspondent from Anytown, USA. Home is where his heart is. B

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