If You're Going Through Hell

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If You're Going Through Hell
Studio album by Rodney Atkins
Released July 18, 2006 (2006-07-18)
Recorded 2005-2006
Curb Studio (Nashville)
Cartee Day Studio (Nashville)
Country Q (Nashville)
The Bonus Room (Old Hickory)
Ridgetop Studio (Baxter)
Genre Country
Length 36:11
Label Curb
Producer Ted Hewitt
Rodney Atkins
Rodney Atkins chronology
If You're Going Through Hell
It's America
Singles from If You're Going Through Hell
  1. "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)"
    Released: January 9, 2006
  2. "Watching You"
    Released: September 18, 2006
  3. "These Are My People"
    Released: March 19, 2007
  4. "Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)"
    Released: October 1, 2007
  5. "Invisibly Shaken"
    Released: 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Country Standard Time (positive)[3]
Plugged In (positive)[4]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[5]
USA Today 3/4 stars[6]

If You're Going Through Hell is the second studio album released by country singer Rodney Atkins. It has been certified platinum by the RIAA for U.S. shipments of one million copies.

The album's first four singles — "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)", "Watching You", "These Are My People" and "Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)" — were all Number One hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs between 2006 and 2008. In addition, "If You're Going Through Hell" and "Watching You" were declared by Billboard as the Number One country songs of 2006 and 2007, respectively. "Invisibly Shaken", originally recorded by Lee Greenwood on his 2003 album Stronger Than Time, was released in early 2008 as the album's fifth single, but it peaked at No. 41.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "These Are My People" Rivers Rutherford, Dave Berg 3:34
2. "About the South" Rodney Atkins, Tom Hambridge, Shane Minor 2:58
3. "Watching You" Atkins, Steve Dean, Brian Gene White 3:55
4. "Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)" Casey Beathard, Marla Cannon-Goodman 3:46
5. "In the Middle" Atkins, Berg, Sam Tate, Annie Tate 3:11
6. "A Man on a Tractor" Kent Agee, Michael Lunn 4:08
7. "Wasted Whiskey" Atkins, Ted Hewitt, Danny Simpson 3:42
8. "Invisibly Shaken" Atkins, Billy Kirsch 3:46
9. "Angel's Hands" Atkins, Nicole Witt, Bobby Tomberlin 3:29
10. "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)" A. Tate, S. Tate, Berg 3:37

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (2006) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 3


Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US US
2006 "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)" 1 33 57
"Watching You" 1 36 57
2007 "These Are My People" 1 42 96
"Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)" 1 40 83 84
2008 "Invisibly Shaken" 41
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[7] Platinum


From If You're Going Through Hell liner notes.[8]

  • Mike Brignardello - bass guitar
  • Jim "Moose" Brown - piano
  • Skip Cleavinger - Uilleann pipes
  • Larry Franklin - fiddle, mandolin
  • Rob Hajacos - fiddle
  • Ted Hewitt - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, background vocals
  • Angela Hurt - background vocals
  • Mike Johnson - pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar
  • Julian King - percussion
  • Troy Lancaster - electric guitar
  • B. James Lowry - acoustic guitar
  • Brent Mason - electric guitar
  • Gordon Mote - piano, Hammond organ
  • Larry Paxton - bass guitar
  • Gary Prim - piano, Hammond organ
  • Scotty Sanders - pedal steel guitar
  • Steve Sheehan - acoustic guitar
  • Wanda Vick - banjo
  • John Willis - acoustic guitar, banjo
  • Lonnie Wilson - drums

Crowd noise: Aaron Bowlin, Justin Luffman, Jenn Poppe, Kathryn Vieira, Steven Sheehan, Tammy Jo Atkins, Natalie Stout, "GiGi", Karla Hewitt, Angela Hurt, "Angela Hurt's mom", Clayton Bozeman, Kevin Rapillo, Sandi Harrison, James and Tecia Hedden, Lindsey Herren, Danielle Chaffin, Rhonda Chaffin, Doug Barnard, Colin Campbell, Belinda Smith, Marianne Mashburne, Terje Bratsveen, Charlie and Nicole Miralez, Jenny Tackett, Shawn and Kelly Pody

  • Rodney Atkins - producer, engineering
  • Billy Decker - mixing
  • Tony Green - recording
  • Ted Hewitt - producer, engineering
  • P.T. Houston - recording
  • Julian King - mixing
  • Craig White - recording
  • Hank Williams - mastering


  1. ^ Downs, Jolene. "Rodney Atkins - 'If You're Going Through Hell'". About.com. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ poet, j. "If You're Going Through Hell - Rodney Atkins". Allmusic. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ Loy, Robert. "Rodney Atkins - If You're Going Through Hell". Country Standard Time. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ Lees, Jeremy; Smithouser, Bob. "Rodney Atkins: If You're Going Through Hell". Plugged In. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Rodney Atkins". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ Mansfield, Brian (August 7, 2006). "Rodney Atkins, If You're Going Through Hell". USA Today. Archived from the original on August 14, 2006. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American album certifications – Rodney Atkins – If You're Going Through Hell". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  8. ^ If You're Going Through Hell (Media notes). Rodney Atkins. Curb Records. 2006. 78945. 
Preceded by
American V: A Hundred Highways by Johnny Cash
Top Country Albums number-one album
August 5 - August 11, 2006
Succeeded by
Me and My Gang by Rascal Flatts