It was the Fall of 2003 when The Atkinsons first set foot on Richmond, VA stages. What started out as a small acoustic outfit turned into a band that took on a life of its own. The Atkinsons meld roots, country, mountain and rock music into their own style of rambling swing rock & roll. Heartfelt story-telling is at the core of The Atkinsons, and it is complemented with three-part harmonies layered over mandolin, fiddle, drums, bass and electric guitars. With influences ranging from Old 97s to Green Day to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to Drive By Truckers, the sound ends up being quite a musical stew.
The Atkinsons have been performing regularly each month in the Richmond area and have enjoyed a great following of ATK fans. Along with playing their originals, The Atkinsons aim to please by adding many fun, toe-tapping cover songs to their set list. Audiences love their versions of select songs from Old Crow Medicine Show, Old 97’s, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, AC/DC, Social Distortion, The Waterboys and the Rolling Stones.
The band has played many venues in and around Richmond including The National, The Hat Factory, Capital Ale House, Ashland Coffee & Tea, The Canal Club and many more. They've also played at many festivals and events including Floydfest, Camp Barefoot, World Beer Festival, St. Patrick's Church Irish Festival, Crozet Music Festival, and the annual Carytown Watermelon Festival.
They have been honored to share the stage with many great bands such as The Departed, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Scott Miller and the Commonwealth, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Sons of Bill and many others.