Rodney Atkins to headline Country Sunday; Phil Vassar opens Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival Friday Night

TEMECULA, Calif. — Platinum -selling Rodney Atkins will headline the 2016 Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival’s Country Funday Sunday, May 22, at Lake Skinner Recreation Area.

Atkins has a string of hits including the 2012 BMI Song of the Year “Take A Back Road,” and the most played 2006 Song of the Year “These Are My People.” His No.1 hit “Cleaning This Gun,” off the album If You’re Going Through Hell, was featured in the movie “The Bourne Legacy” and the album reached platinum.

Atkins released his fifth album, Rodney Atkins – Greatest Hits, last year. The album includes 11 of his best loved hits, and a new track, “Eat Sleep Love You Repeat.”

“Last year’s Country Sunday was a huge hit, and we are thrilled to have Rodney carry on this new tradition,” stated executive director Andrea Jacobson. Opening night, Friday, May 20, will see an old friend and performer return to the stage – Phil Vassar. Vassar’s musical career includes eight albums, two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year trophies,

Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year, countless hits as a singer and songwriter and a mantle full of awards. Known for the hits “Carlene,” “Last Day of My Life,” “American Child” and chart toppers

“In A Real Love” and “Just Another Day in Paradise,” Vassar is also a top country song writer, penning the tunes “My Next Thirty Years” by Tim McGraw, “She’s Right On The Money” by Alan Jackson, and Jo Dee Messina’s “Bye, Bye” and “I’m Alright.”

The Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival is May 20-22, 2016 at Lake Skinner Recreation area in the heart of Temecula Valley Wine Country. Located just north of San Diego County, the Festival has a 33-year history celebrating Southern California Wine Country’s finest assets of clear skies dotted with colorful hot air balloons, mild temperatures, premium wineries and rolling vineyards.


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