Radio 102.9FM out of Ashland, VA plays The Atkinsons on the Drive
Thru with Rog!
WLVR out of Bethlehem, PA plays The Atkinsons on the Roots &
Boots Roadhouse with "The Hairless Hippie"!
"Caroline", "Please Don't Come Back to Richmond",
"Wanted Her to Go", "Her Mind's On Other Things",
of RVA voted The Atkinsons "Mile Marker" CD as #2 Top
Album from RVA 2011!
is the kind of alt-country album that sticks with you till the end.
Great instrumentation, musicianship, and song structures, pristine
radio station WVCW played The Atkinsons on the Rag
V & The Jive show.
Playlist "New Releases" article for ATK's Mile Marker,
May 23, 2011 by Andrew Cothern.
Atkinsons are no strangers to the Richmond scene. I’ve seen
them a number of times and thought they were pretty decent. But
nothing could prepare me for their incredible second album “Mile
Marker.” It only goes to show that these guys have new tricks
up their sleeves. It’s surprisingly good and on constant
Weekly included The Atkinsons "You Could Go" as 1 of 22
tracks on their Sounds of Richmond Vol. 4
in their Annual
Music Issue on May 17, 2011!
performance on WRIR
97.3 Activate! with Mike Rutz for the Spring Fund Drive on May 4,
played "No Ordinary Home", "You Could Go" and
"Scar". See on YouTube.
the X Studio B with Jay Smack on May 1, 2011. Played "Lyin'
and Honesty", "Wanted Her to Go" and "Scar"
and Dickie and Jeff played "You Could Go" live. Hear
"Mile Marker" CD review by Sarah Moore in May
"Richmond’s The Atkinsons have just released their second album, Mile Marker. The Atkinsons have been together for seven years, though, so they have had time to hone their sound and get any kinks out of their system. You might even say that along the way, the band has gone down certain roads, marking them as they go along. “[Mile Marker] follows its own path from the back roads to the highways that inevitably lead you back home.”
Marker" was added to CDBaby.com
review of The Atkinsons "Mile Marker" CD Release show in May 2011.
Article by Robin Marschak; pictures by Scott
Baker. Read it here.
"Richmond - If you pay any attention to the rock or country flavored bands playing around Richmond, you have probably heard of the Atkinsons. They've been around for a couple years now, if you consider seven to be a couple. Most of that time has been spent playing at venues and festivals all over Richmond and the surrounding area. For all those years playing they had until recently only released one album, a self-proclaimed alt-country opera called American Gothic. They really are a performance band. It's obvious from seeing them play that they just enjoy being up on stage playing music. Recording is more of an afterthought for them."
of Brains blog on April 14, 2011 including live video of ATK
Ashland Coffee & Tea in December 2010.
Times Dispatch Weekender included pic of ATK and details of CD
Release show on April 14, 2011.
Weekly That One Song interview by Mike Rutz on April 12, 2011. Read it
article also featured a free download of "You Could Go".
Atkinsons, "You Could Go" - "Many a musician was born and many a band was formed at the now defunct Matt's Village Pub. In the early oughts, mandolin player Jeff Williams played host to a popular open-mic night that launched numerous musical careers, including the Gaskets, the Ex-Patriots, Jared Jones of Lust Not Love, Jim O'Brien of Schnitzel and the Atkinsons.
It's been more than seven years since Atkinsons guitarist and vocalist Dickie Wood drew his name on that chalkboard, and he's still performing twangy rock songs with Williams. Borrowing the last name of fellow open-mic performer Gary Atkinson for their first gig, the duo eventually pieced together a full band, which includes Wood's wife, Jamie, on harmonies and percussion. The Atkinsons' new album, "Mile Marker," punctuates their Southern rock flair, while paying homage to some of their favorite storytellers."
Magazine featured The Atkinsons in the RVA Vibe section in the March/April 2011 issue.
Read it here.
Anika Imajo; picture by Scott Baker.
"At the base of all our music are rock and roll songs," remarks lead vocalist and guitarist Dickie Wood. "When you add fiddle, mandolin, and three-part harmonies, it turns into something a little different". Mile Marker showcases The Atkinsons' established qualities- swinging Americana sound, richly textured vocals, and compelling original compositions-but represents a stylistic departure from the band's 2007 CD, American Gothic. "The songs on Mile Marker are more individual slices of inspiration that touch on various styles of music," according to Wood. "While there still may be a little swing left, there are grittier, swampy undertones."
96.5 FM out of Sarasota FL plays "Caroline" on the
"From The Mountains And Beyond" show!
Times featured picture of ATK playing Camp Barefoot 4 on August
"The Atkinsons, of Richmond,
Virginia, play the main stage Saturday at the 4th Annual Camp
Barefoot in Bartow. Camp Barefoot is a three-day event with music,
art and crafts. All proceeds from the event will go to the
Pocahontas County Humane Society."
Atkinsons were a featured Under The Radar artist on Floydfest.com
for Floydfest 9 in 2010.
article in November 2009 issue
by Robin Marschak including front cover picture of The Atkinsons.
you aren't already in love with the Atkinsons, and I'm betting quite a
few of you are, then you will be as soon as you see them perform.
This is a feel good, roots rocking, americana, hellofa good time.
So don't miss out!"
Times-Dispatch article regarding Massey's Fourth Annual
Swinetangle BBQ September 28, 2009 "Good times, good cause: The
James River lapped onto the shore while the sounds of Richmond-based
Americana band The Atkinsons floated through the air."
"Say hello to The Atkinsons" article
promoting Friday Cheers show scheduled for June 5, 2009 with Jerry
Douglas and The Atkinsons opening. (Unfortunately the
Cheers show was rained out.)
Atkinsons were one of 10 featured bands in Richmond
Magazine's Sourcebook in February 2009 and included a
picture of Dickie Wood (page 74-75).
hit a high
out of 406 on Ourstage.com
in the Americana/Alt Country genre in November 2008.
The PBS music series
Music Seen started to air nationally the summer of 2008 to
many different locations including Chicago, Detroit, Sacramento,
Charlotte, Raleigh, Greenville, Birmingham, Buffalo, Huntsville,
Montgomery and Wilmington. The Atkinsons played on Season 6
along with the Palominos and Buttercup.
Alliance's Swinetangle BBQ article on Richmond.com
was the featured artist in the Town of Ashland's On Track newsletter
Summer 2008. Read it here.
Weekly's Belle Magazine included picture and blurb re:show at Pocahontas Premieres with
The Atkinsons and Blue Line Highway on August 9, 2008.
Weekly included picture from Colonial Downs Rhythm Bets N' Brews
Festival on July 26, 2008.
Atkinsons in Boomer
Life Magazine. "The Atkinsons, who
cover the territory between Americana Country swing and straight-up
Atkinsons are often the Roots featured artist on Noisehead.com.
of Brains blog on March 10, 2008 - ATK opening for Grace Potter at
Gothic" review on Twangville.com
by Kelly Dearmore.
Atkinsons were played on Fox Sports Radio 910 AM on Feb. 11,
2008 on Game Time React with JT the Brick.
played twice on WRIR
River City Limits show on Feb. 2, 2008: ATK's original version and
Atkinsons in the weekly Star Profile on Scotland's Kernow
Cowboy in Feb. 2008.
Richmond.com included ATK's
show at Poe's Pub as pick of the week in the SoundOff section on Jan.
'rock with a twang', as the band calls it. We say it's pretty
rockin', boot tapping Americana. Apparently, we aren't the only
people that think so. Their CD "American Gothic" has
received some awesome reviews from all over."
of Time" and artist profile included on IndieHighway.com in the Americana genre
Gothic" review on AmericanaRoots.com
in December 2007.
CD has roots rock sound accented with Mike Ferry's fiddle which
is frequently and effectively used to provide the
"mood" of the songs. This is especially true on
one of my favorite tracks, "Chapter One", Caroline.
The next "chapters" are also powerful tunes;
Chapter 4, "Forever
Wanting You" has some good old 'southern rock' guitar riffs you might
hear in old Molly Hatchet
tunes. "Part of
Me" is a haunting acoustic tune that starts off with
the harmonica effectively mimicking a train whistle. Another
standout 'Chapter' is "Move
Along" which is a bit of of southern 'anthem' or jam
type tune with some nice guitar in the middle. The music is
moody and strong, and as you can tell by the quote above a great
deal of thought went into the album. Leader Dickie Wood
sings lead vocals on the tunes, and definitely has a twang to
his voice- if twangy voices aren't your thing, you'll still
enjoy the CD- maybe listen to half at a time. If you like
powerful music and a twangy voice to boot, you'll really enjoy
this CD." -AmericanaRoots.com
was played on Ray Randall's podcast show, Americana
Roots Review Vol. 55
Atkinsons added to VA
Jukebox in November 2007.
had me at "Caroline"! You guys are wonderful. A
breath of fresh air - unpretentious; down to earth; heart-stirring
from "American Gothic" added to the Town
of Ashland, VA Cable Channel 17 in October 2007.
Tracks from "American Gothic"
added to the playlist
American Radio in October 2007.
recently received this disc in the mail. I don't really recall how
it got sent to me
I put it in the stack to listen to. Many of the discs that arrive in the mail aren't
very good so I don't get too excited. However, I love this record.
Mountain, Son Volt & Scott Miller you'll like The Atkinsons. I
have added the entire
disc to the playlist because it was too hard to leave anything
out. Check these guys out and
give the record a listen...you'll probably like it."
from Beaverdam Heritage Days in the Hanover
Herald Progress on October 17, 2007.
Tracks from "American Gothic"
Prog & More on Live365.com
Weekly on September 6, 2007 promoting ATK's Cafe Diem show.
from "American Gothic" are regularly played on Richmond's WRIR
97.3 shows such as Activate!, River City Limits and Lost Music Saloon.
Rhythm Music Magazine review of "American
Gothic" September 2007.
"Their bio says The Atkinsons are an Americana band "rooted in rock, touched by country, and rich in harmonies. The Atkinsons merge their signature sound with bittersweet tales of woe and heartbreak." The neat thing about Americana music is that is encompasses so many influences. The Atkinsons, from Richmond, VA, have a unique blend that seems to work. It's not Bluegrass or Old-Time, but the classic Americana feel is still there."
Weekly review of "American
Gothic" June 20, 2007 by Josh Bearman
Atkinsons, “American Gothic”
"Dickie Wood has a lot of words floating around in his
head. That’s the thought that comes to mind listening to the
new release from this ubiquitous Richmond group. Serving the
role as lead singer and guitarist, Wood is accompanied by
multi-instrumentalist Jeff Williams, bassist Ricky Breland,
fiddler Mike Ferry, drummer Kris Krull and
percussionist/ vocalist Jamie Wood. Throughout 10 tracks
(and a bonus track), they weave stories of loneliness,
desertion, romance, boozing, traveling... very much a
cross-section of the American experience. Songs are written more in the form of rhyming prose than as
couplets, which helps bolster the storytelling. Sonically, the
group resembles alt-rock pioneers Uncle Tupelo or early Ryan
Adams. The idea behind the music is well- communicated, and
the songs are executed with precision. The Atkinsons have been
performing on Richmond stages for more than four years, and
the time and experience are reflected in the maturity of this
was played on Studio
B New Rock 102.1 on May 27, 2007.
Times Dispatch Weekender Bill Craig on
May 17, 2007.
Town" was GarageBand.com
Track of the Day on May 2, 2007.
The Music Seen aired
PBS encore performance on April 5, 2007 with
The Atkinsons, Palominos and Buttercup.
Gothic" review in the Radar section of Richmond
Magazine's April 2007.
not as easy these days to find a sprawling country road that's
not bisected by a major interstate. But if you can find
that road, The Atkinsons' debut Americana album American Gothic
may be a good traveling companion. The six-piece Richmond
group blends country and rock, laced with mandolin and fiddle
accents - as well as a bit of sawdust and whiskey thrown in for
on NPR 88.9FM WCVE on Page Wilson's "Out O' The Blue Radio
Review on March 17, 2007.
Track of the Day on March 17, 2007.
played on the Great
American Music Hour podcast on March 12, 2007.
Live performance of "Out
of Time" on the Virginia This Morning show, and
Dickie was interviewed by Bill Bevins, on WTVR
CBS on March 12, 2007.
Track of the Day on March 11, 2007.
SoundOff included ATK's "American Gothic" CD release show as the
show pick for March 10, 2007.
band delivers country music in the vein of early '70s Stones – rough,
honest and devoid of the cheeseball element. Lead singer Dickie Wood has
the nicotine- and whiskey-stained vocals of Robert Earl Keen, and is the
perfect compliment to the band's raucous fiddle throwdowns." -Caine
Weekly Inside Track March 7, 2007
teasing us for so long with their mandolin- and fiddle-soaked Americana
The Atkinsons’ long-awaited debut CD is finally being
released. “American Gothic” tells the story of a nameless tragic
hero from his birth to adulthood, and then, through streaks of bad luck
and bad decisions, his death. Although the lyrical content is dark, you
know the music and melodies will be upbeat, so bring your tappin’ toes
to the CD release show at Cafe Diem March 10."
was featured in Richmond
Times-Dispatch: Flair on January 12, 2007.
Music Seen series on WCVE PBS Richmond in June 2006 and aired on November 22,
was chosen #1 on
"The List" in November 06.
"The Atkinsons are one of the best Americana bands in Richmond. This band delivers a good time with fantastic performances and songs that make people want to sing along. Original songs like "Caroline" and "Best Thing" tap into deep emotions with lyrics of bittersweet tales of woe and heartbreak. The Atkinsons are a unique ensemble of musicians with a great harmonizing sound!"
Richmond Music Journal
Hot List posted The Atkinsons at #4, Dickie and Jamie at #13 and Richmond
Roots Revival at #1 on Nov. 3, 2006!
Live performance on WRIR
97.3 Local's Only promoting Richmond Roots Revival's 2-Year Anniversary Show
at Alley Katz on
October 21, 2006.
played on the Great
American Music Hour podcast on July 24, 2006.
Live performance on the Real Estate Show on RICH-TV Channel
79 on August 3, 2005.
ATK played the
Menokin Americana Music Festival in Warsaw and were interviewed
on WRAR FM 105.5 and WNNT River Country FM 100.9 on April 24, 2004.
Atkinsons light up a crowd from the moment they take the stage. Tight melodies wrapped around a fire-brand message of lost hope and forlorn women.
Open up a whiskey bottle, ease the chair back on the cabin porch and let the music take over."
Tayloe Emery, Menokin
Americana Music Festival
Live performance on WHAN 1430 AM in Hanover on "Drive Thru with Rog" on April 22, 2004.