Country music star Rodney Atkins to headline The Julep


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Rodney Atkins, owner of six No. 1 country music hits including “Farmer’s Daughter” and “Take A Back Road,” will be the headline entertainment at The Julep presented by Brown-Forman on May 4 at the Galt House in Louisville. The event benefits the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville.

    “We are so excited to have Rodney Atkins provide the entertainment at The Julep this year,” said Paula Gish, co-chair of the volunteer committee that is helping to organize the event. “This event has a long and rich tradition as one of Louisville’s premiere Derby Eve events. Having Rodney Atkins perform at the event only enhances that heritage.”

    An award-winning singer/songwriter, Atkins has an impressive track record with hitting on sentiments that strike a chord with the country listener. His new album, TAKE A BACK ROAD, has helped propel Atkins to even greater heights with his latest single, “He’s Mine,” a clever tune focused on the unconditional love of a son and the sense of pride felt when recognizing personal responsibility for the child’s mannerisms, no matter how questionable they may be.

    “I am honored to be The Julep’s musical guest this year as I’ve long admired the tradition and energy associated with the event,” says Atkins. “I feel privileged to continue the legacy while raising funds and awareness for the cancer center.”

    About The Julep:

    The James Graham Brown Cancer Center’s Kentucky Derby Eve event has raised more than $2 million for the cancer center since its inception. The 2012 Julep is hosted by Honorary Chairs Coach Charlie and Vicki Strong, and Edward C. and Mary F. Glasscock. For more information about The Julep and to purchase tickets, please visit

    About the James Graham Brown Cancer Center:

    The James Graham Brown Cancer Center is a key component of the University of Louisville’s Health Sciences Center and UofL Health Care. As the region’s leading academic, research and teaching medical center, our patients benefit from the latest medical advances, often long before they become available in non-teaching settings. The JGBCC is affiliated with the Kentucky Cancer Program and the National Cancer Institute. It is the only cancer center in the region to use a unified approach to cancer care, with multidisciplinary teams of physicians working together to guide patients through diagnosis, treatment and recovery. For more information, visit our web site,

    About Brown-Forman Corp.:

    For 140 years, Brown-Forman Corp. has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Southern Comfort, Finlandia, Jack Daniel’s & Cola, Canadian Mist, Korbel, Gentleman Jack, el Jimador, Herradura, Sonoma-Cutrer, Chambord, New Mix, Tuaca and Woodford Reserve. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by nearly 3,900 employees and sold in approximately 135 countries worldwide. For more information about the company, please visit

    About Early Times Kentucky Whisky:

    During this year’s Derby week, more than 120,000 Early Times® Mint Juleps are expected to be served at Churchill Downs®. For the past 25 years, the Early Times Mint Julep, 30 percent ABV, has proudly served as the “Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby®.”

    Early Times Mint Julep is made at the Brown-Forman Distillery in Louisville, Ky. Early Times reminds you to drink responsibly. For more information on Early Times Kentucky Whisky visit

    Jill Scoggins is Director of Communications at UofL's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. She has been at UofL since 2010.