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 was honored by Country Music People Magazine UK on his latest album review which received 4 ½ out of 5 stars. Artie was then selected to be on the front cover of May 2014’s issue along with a 5 page featured article as an upcoming artist keeping traditional country music alive today in era of “Pop Country”.
Artie recently 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.
Artie has performed with several traditional country artists such as Leona Williams, Clinton Gregory and Mark Chestnutt, Stonewall Jackson and several more. Artie has recently been chosen to perform on Clinton Gregory’s latest duet album out of Nashville in 2014 along with other artists 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…”
After watching a YouTube video of Artie performing “For The Good Times”, Grand Ole Opry star Ray Price sent word to Artie a few months before he passed away stating “it makes me feel so good to know that the younger generation of County Music Singers are helping keep my music alive, Thank You, Artie Rodriguez”……..Ray Price
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 that he continuing to keep 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” has currently been 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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