Trace Adkins and his family have been staying in their weekend home, a farm near Nashville, since a fire destroyed their home in Brentwood, Tennessee. Following the fire, Trace was flooded with offers of help from friends and fans alike. While Trace appreciates the outpouring of good will, he has asked that offers of help be directed elsewhere.
“We are blessed and very fortunate,” Trace told the Patriot Ledger. “We are not destitute. There are people who aren’t as fortunate as we are who really need help. In light of all the tornadoes and the flooding in the South this year, we wanted to make sure that my fans directed their generosity that way. I’ve already accepted that I probably lost everything that was in that house. All that really matters, however, is that we have a place to stay and the kids are safe. I have a saying, ‘Get out of the problem, get into the solution,’ which I’ve always believed was the right thing to do.”
Trace’s new album, Proud To Be Here, will hit stores August 2. For the album, Trace worked with a new producer, Mark Wright, and the outcome is something he is proud of.
“This is my first time in the studio with (producer) Mark Wright,” Trace told the paper. “He’s worked with some of the biggest names in the business, everyone from George Strait to Brooks and Dunn and Reba McEntire. His pedigree as songwriter and record producer is bar none. It was great to work with Mark and with Kenny Beard, who was his co-producer. I’m really proud of this new album. It has one of the most hardcore country songs, ‘Poor Folks,’ on it that I have recorded in years.”
Trace’s first single from the album, “Just Fishin’,” is a hit both on the radio and on our Top 20 Country Countdown. Go behind the scenes of the video HERE.