About ArtieArtie Rodriguez is a native of the beautiful panhandle of Florida. He gets a lot of his musical influences from living in San Antonio & San Marcos, Texas for several years. His father's side of the family is from San Antonio and is said to be distantly related to Texas & Grand Ole Opry star Johnny Rodriguez. Staying true to his country roots, Artie loves to entertain audiences by performing traditional country music. Audiences & crowds all over love the way Artie inserts Spanish lyrics into his heart felt country songs.
Just recently Artie performed on the Shotgun Red Show in Nashville, Tennessee at the Texas Troubadour Theater. His performance was televised to over 2 million viewers on RFD-TV. As an independent country artist, Artie is drawing the attention of country music fans in the United States and overseas. Country Music People Magazine UK rated his last album “She Loves George Jones” 4 out of 5 stars!
Artie has performed with several traditional country artists such as Leona Williams, Clinton Gregory and Mark Chestnutt. Artie has been chosen to perform on Clinton Gregory’s duet album in 2014 with artist such as Colin Raye, Leona Williams and John Anderson.
Texas artist, phenomenal George Strait stated “It’s great to hear that there’s someone who still wears a cowboy hat performing real country and keeping it alive…”
Grand Ole Opry star Ray Price sent word to Artie a few months before he passed away stating “It’s good to see young people like you keeping my music alive…thank you again Artie Rodriguez.”
While opening a few concerts for Grand Ole Opry star Leona Williams, she stated “Artie is such a great entertainer and singer. I love to see the younger generation keeping traditional country music alive.”
Artie began his musical career back in 1990 when he joined the country music group from Opp, Alabama called “Young Country”. Artie was the lead vocalist, songwriter and rhythm guitarist for the band till 1995.
While with the group Young Country, Artie performed with several country entertainers and open concerts for artists such as Sammy Kershaw, Little Texas, John Anderson, McBride and the Ride and Neal McCoy. In March of 2000 he wrote a song titled “Forget His Memories” in honor of his father Arthur Rodriguez who is a former POW from the Korean War. President Clinton’s support staff heard the song and chose Artie out of 1800 people to perform for 10,000 veterans at the 50th Anniversary Korean War Commemorative Ceremony held in Washington DC in June 2000. Artie then performed in Branson, Missouri at the Dutton Theater for the annual Veteran’s Day concert. After performing in Branson, Artie began being notice in Nashville and drew interest from country artist Ty Herndon. In April 2001, Artie toured with Ty for the next 10 months. In 2003 Artie won the Northwest Florida Regional Colgate Country Showdown and traveled to compete in the Mississippi State Finals. In 2004 Artie was a finalist in the North East Florida Region of the Nashville Star competition.
Artie is affiliated with Twang Thang Music Nashville and performs country music throughout the Southeast region of the United States where he continues to draw crowds at opry style theaters. When Artie is not performing or songwriting, he is making a living as a deputy sheriff where he is often referred to as the “singing deputy”. You can say he’s a “Lawman by day and Country Star by night”.
His latest album “I’ll Give You Something to Drink About” is currently being released for 2014.
From Twang ThangTwang Thang Music is honored to be associated with this fine country artist, Artie Rodriguez. Artie is a gifted songwriter, a terrific vocalist, and most importantly a true entertainer who is truly appreciative of his fans. Artie's love and respect of traditional country music flows through in each song he sings. We hope you will take a few minutes to enjoy the great sights and sounds of his web site. Again, we are proud to represent such a gifted individual.
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