|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.
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
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
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
"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!