Artie Rodriguez is a native of the beautiful panhandle of Florida. Staying true to his country roots, Artie loves to perform and entertain audiences around by performing traditional country music.
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 was able to perform with several country entertainers and open concerts for artists such as Sammy Kershaw, Little Texas, John Anderson, McBride and the Ride and Neal McCoy. Between 1995.
In March of 2000 he wrote a song titled “ Forget His Memories” in honor of his father Arthur Rodriguez who was 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 was then asked to perform in Branson, MO at the Dutton Theater for a Veteran’s Day concert. In April 2001, Artie got to go on tour with country artist Ty Herndon. After six months with Ty, Artie then left and followed the road manager to tour with Clay Walker for the next few months to close out his tour.
In 2003 Artie was the Northwest Florida regional winner of the Colgate Country Showdown and traveled to the Mississippi State Finals. In 2004 Artie was also a finalist in the North East Florida Region of the Nashville Star competition.
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”. Artie is a member of the Nashville Songwriter’s Association and now calls the Panhandle Opry his home where he plays rhythm guitar, fiddle and lead vocals.