Trace Adkins has never been afraid to try new things…in life or in music. Sometimes his music makes you think, while other times you might want to “shut your mouth and slap your grandma,” all while shaking your “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.” (Sorry Grandma!)
His journey to the top has been anything but ordinary. In fact, he’s lucky to even be alive. He’s gone from operating rooms to Donald Trump’s boardroom and from the Grand Ole Opry stage to the silver screen. It’s not hard to understand why “Ladies Love Country Boys,” and this one in particular.
Here at GAC, we love him too! Don’t miss Part 2 of The Collection: Trace Adkins airing TONIGHT on GAC at 8/7c! What’s your favorite Trace Adkins video? Leave a comment below and let us know!
In honor of The Collection: Trace Adkins, this week’s GAC Trivia Time* is all about Trace:
Sep 11, 1983 – Trace Adkins rides out Hurricane Chantal on an oil rig in the Caribbean
Feb 21, 1994 – Trace Adkins’ first wife shoots him with a .38-caliber revolver, the bullet penetrating both lungs and both chambers of his heart
Jun 25, 1996 – Capitol releases Trace Adkins’ debut album, Dreamin’ Out Loud
Nov 23, 1996 -Trace Adkins makes his debut on the Grand Ole Opry. After singing “Every Light In The House,” he drops to one knee, calls out girlfriend Rhonda Forlaw and asks her to marry him. She says yes
Apr 1, 1997 – April Fools! Planning to sing at his own wedding, Trace Adkins’ management company sends a contract and a bill for $7,500 to the family of his bride-to-be, Rhonda Forlaw
Feb 20, 1999 – Barely two weeks since breaking an ankle, Trace Adkins returns to live performing, in Silver Springs, Florida. Doctors order him to remain seated, but he ignores their advice and walks around the stage
Oct 8, 2002 – Trace Adkins suffers a hairline sternum fracture and bruises when he’s pinned under a tractor in a freak accident, while building a gravel road on his property in Rutherford County, Tennessee. He’s immediately hospitalized, and cancels two Texas concerts
Jun 14, 2003 – After 6′-6″ Trace Adkins sings “Then They Do” on the Grand Ole Opry, 4′-11″ Little Jimmy Dickens brings out a foot stool to make the two level, as he invites Adkins to join the Opry. Adkins accepts, then performs “Eleven Roses”
Mar 2, 2004 – Trace Adkins is announced as the voice for a new series of Kentucky Fried Chicken TV commercials
May 19, 2004 – Trace Adkins attends his daughter Mackenzie’s kindergarten graduation. He sings an a capella version of “Then They Do”–fellow parents are moved, the kids are not
Sep 8, 2005 – Capitol releases Trace Adkins’ “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” to radio
Jan 3, 2008 – Donald Trump’s NBC series The Celebrity Apprentice begins with Trace Adkins among the competitors.
Jan 20, 2008 – Trace Adkins sings “Wayfaring Stranger” as GAC tapes How Great Thou Art: Gospel Favorites Live From The Grand Ole Opry with Carrie Underwood, Charlie Daniels, Dierks Bentley, Sara Evans, Ronnie Milsap and Loretta Lynn
Jan 26, 2009 – Trace Adkins tells GAC he gave up cigarettes seven weeks earlier
Jan 13, 2010 – Trace Adkins signs a recording deal with Toby Keith‘s Show Dog-Universal Music during a press conference at BMI in Nashville
Mar 18, 2011 – Trace Adkins is the leader of a biker gang as the Matthew McConaughey movie “The Lincoln Lawyer” debuts in theaters
*Trace Adkins trivia courtesy of RolandNote.com, the ultimate country music database!