2020 was a breakout year for British country music star, Tommy Atkins.
After racking up four #1s across the UK, Canada and New Zealand, Atkins made history at country radio with the first ever hit to feature openly gay lyrics in the UK and Europe (Freedom, May 2020). With a slew of awards and nominations to boot, Atkins also founded and continues to host the ground-breaking radio series, Proud to Be Country, showcasing his queer country peers.
And now the singer-songwriter is back with a fun yet reflective single: Stuck Behind a Tractor.
“Out where we live, we get stuck behind tractors all the time, and I thought that was the perfect metaphor for where I’m at right now. Between the Covid lockdowns, turning 30 and moving out to the country, I’ve learned to slow down and not lose my shit when things aren’t happening as quickly as I’d like.”
Stuck Behind a Tractor precedes Tommy’s debut album, which is set for release later this summer and available to pre-order now. He continues to work with producer Dr Ford, GRAMMY winner, Michael Cleveland, on fiddle; legendary steel and dobro player, Smith Curry (Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift); Chris Condon on guitars and banjo (Billy Ray Cyrus), and GRAMMY-nominated engineer, Pete Lyman (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile).
Following several years of touring and performances at iconic venues like The Bluebird Café, Tommy will be back on the road this autumn. Visit the TOUR page for dates.
Tommy's debut performance at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee. June 2018.
Tommy's EP, Kiss Me, Cowboy, was released September 2020. It went on to hit #1 in 3 countries.
Tommy's first award was a Listener's Choice for Male Artist of the Year. December 2019.
2020 saw Tommy win 'New Artist of the Year' with Country Queer, and a nomination at ITV's NDAs.
Be sure to follow Tommy on social media for lots of fun content, including cocktail recipes inspired by his songs!