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May 7

GAC Album Review: Trace Adkins’ Love Will…

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Trace Adkins’ 2013 album, Love Will… Photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal Music.

As if working to craft a response to the open ended title, Trace Adkins reaches deep on his 11th studio album to explore life’s most passionate emotion. Love Will…, due in stores May 14, captures scenes and feelings as different as desperation and security over the course of 11 songs looking to offer some insight on a very complicated subject.

Stretching out to incorporate new sounds, Trace worked with five different producers on the project, including Frank Rogers (Josh Turner, Darius Rucker) and Mark Wright (producer of Trace’s 2011 album Proud To Be Here). The result is a varied collection that sounds fresh at each new turn while still concentrating on one theme. The bluesy, “So What If I Do” flashes darker shades over B-3 keys and a bass-driven rhythm section as Trace pushes himself to express inescapable feelings. The slicing guitars and rising melodies of “Right Now” hint at the dynamic approach of Lady Antebellum while the fireplace-ready “Come See Me” shows off the upper reaches of Trace’s voice in a pristine, fluid chorus. There’s a modern edge to these songs, but it’s done subtly and offers a new element to Trace’s deep baritone and traditional roots.

Songs like the truck stop drama, “When I Stop Loving You,” and the acoustic based ballad, “If The Sun Comes Up” carry a more traditional sound that fans will recognize. The former is a deceptively easygoing tune about a marriage proposal that seems on the verge of going very bad. Though the chorus is smart and engaging, Trace sets the scene by first describing “a lovesick, desperate man” to build the drama. The heartfelt “If The Sun Comes Up” was included on last year’s Act of Valor Soundtrack. Surrounded here by love songs, however, seemingly gives voice to a completely different set of characters to reaffirm those universal feelings.

While the album generally keeps its PG-rating on songs like “Say No To A Woman” and the standout cut “Every One of You,” Trace does take opportunities to show off his more seductive side. “The Altar Of Your Love” is a hard country, electric rocker barely held back by palm-muted power chords. On the country disco “Kiss You All Over,” Trace is joined by Exile (who had a No. 1 hit with the song in 1978) for one of the album’s biggest highlights. Harmonies flow and keyboards rejoice as they sing, I want to kiss you all over/and over again, on a song that really needs to be heard on dance floors this summer.

Grammy winning pop singer Colbie Caillat joins in for the melodrama of “Watch the World End,” and the Harlem Gospel Chorus helps out on the uplifting Southern Gospel title track. Trace has always had fantastic range, but Love Will… features many dynamic performances where simple inflections and nuances add whole new dimensions. An emotion as rich and complicated as love can certainly mean something different from one person to the next, but on Love Will…, Trace succeeds in giving listeners an insightful and personal look at what it means to him.

Key Tracks – “Love Will,” “Kiss You All Over,” “Every One Of You,” “If The Sun Comes Up”

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Dec 26

Rewind 2011: No. 5 – Trace Adkins Loses Home in Fire

Trace Adkins photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal Music.

Trace Adkins lost his Brentwood, Tennessee home to a fire on June 4. Trace was on a flight to Alaska and his wife, Rhonda, was traveling home from Atlanta when the fire broke out. The couple’s three daughters were home, but they had a fire plan in place and the three children and their nanny escaped unharmed. The fire started in the garage and because it reached the attic, it spread quickly and was hard to contain.

Trace’s daughter, Brianna, 9, along with a neighbor, went back into the house to save the family’s two dogs. She was awarded PETA’s Compassionate Action Award and received a framed certificate and vegan chocolates for her heroics. Trace reported that the children were doing well post-fire during an interview with The Today Show. “My girls are very resilient, as most kids are,” he said. “They’re adjusting well, they’re very brave young ladies. I’m very proud of them.”

Following the fire, both friends and fans reached out to Trace and his family to offer their help. Trace, however, re-directed their help towards other organizations, thanking them for the generosity in the process.

“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.” Continue Reading

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Nov 17

Trace Adkins Named Country’s Sexiest Man

Photo courtesy of Country Weekly.

Trace Adkins has been named Country’s Sexiest Man by Country Weekly readers. Trace will grace the cover, on newsstands Nov. 18 and to thank those who voted him into the top spot, he is offering a free download of his new single, “Million Dollar View,” on both TraceAdkins.com and CountryWeekly.com.

The new single is the second single from Trace’s latest album, Proud To Be Here. He refers to the song as his “get out of jail free” card with his wife as the lyrics say All I have to do is look at you, and I’ve got a million dollar view.

Fans will be able to catch Country’s Sexiest Man when he co-hosts the American Country Awards with Kristin Chenoweth live on FOX on December 5 at 8/7 CT. Trace will also perform on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on December 7.   Continue Reading

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Aug 19

Trace Adkins “Proud To Be” on Top 20

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Suzanne Alexander & Trace Adkins on the set of Top 20 Country Countdown.

Trace Adkins is the special guest on this week’s episode of GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown. Trace dropped in to discuss his new album, Proud To Be Here, with Suzanne Alexander, as well as to catch us up on how he and his family are doing after a fire destroyed their home in June. Tune in tonight at 8/7 CT for the update on Trace and of course, to count down the Top 20 videos with host Nan Kelley, chosen by you, the viewers. Continue Reading

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Aug 4

Trace Adkins Visits the Today Show

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Trace Adkins photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal Music.

Trace Adkins celebrated the release of his latest album, Proud To Be Here (read our review of it HERE) with a trip to the Today Show Tuesday morning. He talked briefly with Ann Curry before performing “Just Fishin’” and then returned during the Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb-hosted portion. Ann and Trace talked briefly about the fire that destroyed his home and how he and his family are recovering.

“My girls are very resilient, as most kids are,” Trace said. “They’re adjusting well, they’re very brave young ladies. I’m very proud of them.” He also joked with Ann that he and his youngest daughter, six year old Trinity, are still negotiating her payment for her appearance in his “Just Fishin’” video as her agent – his wife – drives a hard bargain.

While sitting down with Hoda and Kathie Lee, Trace shared insight into what it’s like living with six women – his wife and five daughters. “You know I have guys all the time ask me if I have some pearls of wisdom,” he said. “And I just say the more women that I surround myself with the more confused I am.”

Watch Trace’s interview and performance in the clips below: Continue Reading

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Aug 1

Trace Adkins Celebrates Album Release with TV Appearances

Trace Adkins' 2011 CD, Proud To Be Here. Photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal Music.

Trace Adkins will release his new album, Proud To Be Here, tomorrow, August 2.
[Read GAC’s review of Proud To Be Here >>]
Fans have been able to stream the entire album pre-release – including bonus tracks – from Trace’s official iPhone app, which is free and available for download at http://bit.ly/traceapp. Starting today, fans can also stream the record on Trace’s official website, www.traceadkins.com, as well as his Facebook page.

There will be several chances to catch Trace performing live on TV in support of his new album. On release day, he will perform “Just Fishin’” on The Today Show and that evening, Trace and his family will appear on Extra at their Nashville farm where they have resided since fire destroyed their Brentwood home. Trace will also perform on Fox & Friends on August 3, sit down to talk in depth on Piers Morgan Tonight on August 10 and visit Chelsea Lately on August 11.

That’s not all for Trace though. He was just added to Continue Reading

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Jul 28

GAC Album Review: Trace Adkins’ Proud To Be Here

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Trace Adkins' 2011 CD, Proud To Be Here. Photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal Music.

Mid-afternoon on June 4, 2011, an electrical fire started in the garage of Trace Adkins‘ Brentwood, Tenn. home that quickly engulfed the entire house, destroying most everything in its path. Two months after the fire, Trace is releasing his tenth studio album, the poignantly titled Proud To Be Here.

“Obviously, now after the fire, Proud To Be Here takes on an even greater significance,” Trace says. “I’ve been blessed and everyone is safe. I don’t even want to think what could’ve been had it started at 3am instead of 3pm.” This outlook and reflection on what truly matters in life is a common theme throughout the album.

As Trace has demonstrated in the past on hits like “You’re Gonna Miss This,” his rich baritone is showcased through reflective lyrics and music that add to his compelling storytelling. Proud To Be Here is highlighted by insightful songs that instantly grab the listener’s attention. The first single, “Just Fishin’,” is a loose, midtempo number supported by acoustic guitars and an optimistic melody. “I say, “Daddy loves you baby,” one more time/ She says, “I know, I think I’ve got a bite,”  Trace sings to recount a fishing trip with his daughter, subtly describing the quality father/daughter time and reward he receives from the experience. On the traditional-leaning “Days Like This,” dobro and acoustic guitars rock softly in ¾-time like a soothing front porch swing. “If the world’s going to hell, let it go, I’ll just blow it a kiss/ Don’t want to think about things like that on days like this,” he sings after declining the morning paper and negative TV news in favor of taking in the beauty that surrounds him.

Produced by Kenny Beard and Mark Wright, Trace gets his funk on with some wah-guitar and B-3 organ on the fun, tongue-in-cheek “It’s A Woman Thing” Continue Reading

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Jul 11

Trace Adkins Proud Of New Album

Trace Adkins photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal Music.

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.” Continue Reading

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Jun 20

Trace Adkins Thanks Country Music for Other Opportunities

Trace Adkins photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal Music.

Trace Adkins is a country singer first, but he has also appeared in films, most recently in a role as the leader of a biker gang in The Lincoln Lawyer, which starred Matthew McConaughey, and on the reality show The Celebrity Apprentice, where he was runner up to Piers Morgan. In a recent interview with the Green Bay Press Gazette, Trace said there is one question he asks himself before agreeing to a project.

“I’m at a great place in my life and my career,” Trace said to the paper. “When I’m presented with these different opportunities and projects that I can choose to be involved in, that’s the question I ask: ‘Is this going to be something fun to do?’ But that’s a great place to be.”

Trace knows it’s country music and his fans that have allowed him to experience so many opportunities outside of music. “(Country music) has opened doors for me,” he said. “I’ve gotten to do so many things because of this career that I know I wouldn’t have had a chance to do otherwise. If I hadn’t been able to do this, I’d still be working in an oil field.” Continue Reading

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Jun 15

Trace Adkins To Release Proud To Be Here On August 2

Trace Adkins' 2011 CD, Proud To Be Here. Photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal Music.

During his performance at LP Field as part of CMA Music Festival Saturday night, Trace Adkins announced that his new album, Proud To Be Here, will be released on August 2. The album title is even more meaningful than ever following the fire that destroyed Trace’s home recently. See Photos of Trace’s LP Field Concert >>

“Proud To Be Here was chosen as the album title some weeks ago because it’s how I’ve felt ever since my first album release and during every milestone since,” Trace said. “The title song could have been based on my life and it’s about narrow escapes and the grace that guides you through. Obviously, now after the fire, Proud To Be Here takes on an even greater significance. Once again, I’ve been blessed and everyone is safe. I don’t even want to think what could’ve been had it started at 3 a.m. instead of 3 p.m…” Continue Reading

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