Trace Adkins Whoops It Up On Jimmy Kimmel Live

In case you missed it last week, Trace Adkins was on Jimmy Kimmel Live where he performed “Whoop A Man’s Ass,” the last track on his new CD, Cowboy’s Back in Town. Great performance of a song that is absolutely perfect for Trace! I couldn’t help but think about another “don’t mess with me or [...] Read More

Little Big Town, Randy Rogers Banded Together at Nos. 1 & 2

To purposely misquote a Paul McCartney classic, bands are on the run in country music — straight to the top of the charts. Little Big Town’s new album The Reason Why, bolts out of the chute to No. 1 on this week’s Billboard Country Albums chart, and it’s followed by the Randy Rogers Band’s Burning The Day, checking in at No. 2. In fact, groups occupy four of the Top 5 slots on the chart. Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now checks in at No. 4, and the the Zac Brown Band hanging in at No. 5 with the double-platinum project The Foundation. The only thing blocking bands from a Top 5 sweep is the Trace Adkins album Cowboy’s Back In Town. Most fans probably don’t think much about it, but being in a band is completely different from working as a solo artist. There are more expenses, more opinions and more egos involved, so decisions require more communication and more time. As a reward for all that extra work, there’s less potential income — the band members have to split up the proceeds in the end. Read More

Trace Adkins Bounces to No. 1

One way to find out if your song is a hit: Run it by a kid. Trace Adkins’ current single, “This Ain’t No Love Song,” has become a major success for him, and he’s the least surprised of anyone. The first part of the chorus has a fairly linear melody — it mostly stays on one note — but it’s part of what’s made it work. Read More

Trace Adkins, Monogamony & “Hold My Beer”

Trace Adkins has repeatedly made a point in interviews about upping the fun quotient in his career, and it shows on his new Cowboy’s Back In Town album. It’s particularly evident in the second track, “Hold My Beer,” which is a rather irreverent story that involves a reverend. The song is essentially about a redneck wedding in which the groom tries to hang on to his brew all the way down the aisle. And the minister… well, he’s not a by-the-book kind of guy either. “Dearly beloved,” Trace deadpans in the preacher’s role, “we are gathered up in here today to join in holy monogamony this old feller and this ol’ gal he brought with him.” Read More

Trace Adkins, Blake Shelton Visit GAC’s Top 20

Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins partnered up earlier this year for a musical romp on the award-winning “Hillbilly Bone,” and this weekend, they’re back together as guests with host Nan Kelley on GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown. The two singers have quite a bit in common: lengthy resumes, an acerbic wit, August album releases and some interesting attachments to other artists. Trace’s new album, Cowboy’s Back In Town, comes out on Tuesday, and it represents his first project since signing with Show Dog-Universal, a label owned in part by his tour partner, Toby Keith. Blake’s latest album, the All About Tonight Six Pak, was released this past Tuesday, and it includes a vocal appearance by Blake’s fiancee, Miranda Lambert. One of the reasons Blake likes the Six Pak format is that it means he has new music coming out every few months. But that’s also precisely the reason Trace wants nothing to do with six-track releases. Read More