DIARY - 2 AUGUST 2006 - TRACE ADKINS CD REVIEW
TRACE OF BULLET THROUGH HEART
they finally put that red light up in the heart of town/ took the stop
sign down, it was shot up anyway/ one night I ran through it in my Chevrolet/
both police cars came but I got away." - Metropolis - Anthony
second ex-wife shot him in the heart and lungs as a farewell present
on their last day together in 1994 and he was inducted into Grand
Ole Opry a year after an obligatory DUI bust.
Thrice wed Trace Adkins is an old style country star with a booming
baritone that nails his songs to barroom walls with unerring accuracy.
When singing drummer Gary Young played Adkins tune I Left Something
Turned On At Home on Nu Country FM in its Beer Can Hill era he
was a kindred spirit.
Trace, 44, stands 6 ft 6 in the old currency and doesn't hide his
Louisiana and Texas roots as a pipe fitter on offshore oil rigs.
Adkins has oft been to hell and back in a career that almost ended
when pinned under his tractor after rolling it in October 2002 working
on a gravel road on his 60-acre farm south of Nashville.
12-stepped back onto charts with stone country anthems striking a chord
with radio, TV and way beyond.
Adkins majored in petroleum technology at Louisiana Tech University, sang
gospel in hometown Sarepta but is best known as a bucolic Barry White
of bars and boudoirs.
Previous disc Comin' On Strong found Trace celebrating his characters'
Lothario loin leaps with delicious dexterity.
He expands that on sixth album Songs About Me (Capitol) - new tune
Baby I'm Home and down home love songs Find Me A Preacher
and biblical imagery of Bring It On and My Way Back.
The latter finds his nest fleeing character cast as a mama's boy.
"Momma put a bible in my glove box/ a hot home made apple pie on
the passenger seat/ she said you'll always be my baby/ she planted a kiss
and a couple tears on my cheek."
But the tears
flow like lachrymose lava best in chart topping Arlington - evocative
tale of a modern soldier joining his grandfather in the famed military
U.S. Marine Corporal Patrick Nixon - the first Tennessee soldier killed
during the war in Iraq was the source.
Dave Turnbull wrote it with Jeremy Spillman after meeting the soldier's
"I knew that was the song I had been waiting a long time to record,"
"I almost recorded Letters From Home, and then for some reason,
I was thinking, 'It just doesn't feel quite right.' Of course, John
Michael Montgomery had a big hit with it - which was great. But then
this song came along, and I said, 'that's what I've been waiting for.'
It's just a nonpolitical song. It doesn't glorify war at all or anything
like that. It's just simply playing tribute and homage and respect
to the people who gave that last full measure."
is the Shaye Smith-Ed Hill penned biographical title track that has a
nice sting in the tail where the character wins over a heretic.
is Metropolis where the character's youthful desire to flee his
tiny hometown morphs into maturity when his partner falls pregnant and
Cynics will perceive Adkins music as blatant pandering to the mainstream
but if you sing as well as Adkins who cares.
Adkins branched out with roles on TV shows King Of The Hill and
Yes, Dear after he conquered his addictions.
The singer voluntarily entered and completed a 28-day alcohol rehabilitation
"I think that my family is very proud of what I've done," says
"Dealin' head on with my addictions and all that. So, and that's
the way it should be.
Because it is a noble thing when you finally decide, or you admit that
you have a problem.
Deal with it, and take the bull by the horns, so to speak."
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