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Spotlight On Trace Adkins at the Arizona State Fair
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee

Trace Adkins performed at the Arizona State Fair on October 12, 2013 to an excited crowd.

Adkins, with his signature baritone voice, performed his hits and some old standards to a delighted audience. He had fun talking with the audience and really enjoyed the Phoenix crowd. Adkins performed some country, blues and rock n' roll.  Adkins put on a fantastic show.

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More on Trace:

Trace Adkins' trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts and turned albums into Platinum plaques, selling over 10 million albums, cumulatively. The Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry is a television personality, actor, author, spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Program, the American Red Cross and has performed seven USO Tours.

In his 2007 autobiography, A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck, the 6'6? oil-rigger recounted his rise to fame, brushes with death and battles with personal demons. He also explains just how the world's biggest alpha-male handles fatherhood with five daughters. In 2008, Trace's integrity and wry humor served him well as a finalist on NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice and prepared him for his return - on behalf of the American Red Cross - to NBC's All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.

Trace has played a tough as nails biker in The Lincoln Lawyer (starring Matthew McConaughey), he developed and hosted GAC's "Great American Heroes" honoring every-day Americans doing great things and he has hosted the American Country Awards on FOX for three consecutive years.

Trace Adkins' 11th studio album, Love Will... is all about the world's greatest emotion and features collaborations with two-time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter, Colbie Caillat, the esteemed Harlem Gospel Choir and Rock/Country veterans, Exile. Like any labor of love, Love Will... benefits from relationships built over time with an impressive list of producers like Tony Brown, Mark Wright, Frank Rogers, Kenny Beard and Mickey Cones.

The collection of sexy grooves, heart-wrenching ballads and up-tempo anthems are worthy additions to Adkins' long list of career hits. The first single, "Watch The World End" featuring Colbie Caillat, speaks of the undying commitment between two people who wouldn't be anywhere else, under any circumstances. The Harlem Gospel Choir backs Trace on the title track, "Love Will" in the Gospel tradition of spreading love and inspiration. Exile joined Trace on a new version of one of the biggest radio hits of all time, "Kiss You All Over." Adkins' rich baritone is well-matched with the suggestive lyrics and supported note for note by these power players.

Trace is known as a man of deep integrity with a deeply irreverent sense of humor. He's made a career keeping fans on their toes, making them laugh ("Honky Tonk Badonkadonk), making their hearts swell ("Til The Last Shot's Fired"), and making them weep ("You're Gonna Miss This", "Every Light In The House").

"Now hold on one second!" says Trace. "This is an album of love songs but in my book, 'Hot Mama' and 'Badonkadonk' are love songs! So don't start thinking these are all 'I'll love you til the end of time' ballads...but yeah, we've got those too."

As Trace points out, the variety on Love Will...is layered. The album title itself is an open-ended question - love will build a bridge? Love will move mountains? Love will tear us apart? Any Country song can tell you that all of the above are true.

Thanks For The Music Trace!


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