Trace Adkins Biography

13 January 1962, Sarepta, Louisiana, USA. Before entering the entertainment world and the Nashville music community, Trace Adkins was employed as an oil-rigger. What some critics have labelled his ‘blue-collar authenticity’ was first conveyed to audiences on the honky-tonk circuit on his evenings off work. This eventually led him to Nashville and a meeting with Scott Hendricks of Capitol Records. Adkins became Hendricks’ first signing. Hendricks also served as co-producer of Adkins’ 1996 debut album, Dreamin’ Out Loud. This was promoted by the release of three successful singles - ‘Every Light In The House’, ‘I Left Something Turned On At Home’, and the number 1 hit ‘(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing’. By February 1997 the album had reached the Billboard Top 100, despite strong competition from an emerging new generation of Nashville singer-songwriters. Adkins’ profile was increased by singing the national anthem at Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers matches. He also received considerable attention from the press when he took the unusual step of proposing to his girlfriend from the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in 1996.

Subsequent albums achieved respectable sales figures but did not accelerate Adkins’ career as had been widely expected, although Chrome (2001) did push the artist into the country Top 5 for the first time. He was sentenced to two days in jail in November 2001 after pleading guilty to drunken driving charges relating to an incident in July. He bounced back in 2003 with a chart-topping compilation set and a new album, Comin’ On Strong. Both albums racked up platinum sales and confirmed the artist’s continued relevancy as a commercial force. Adkins was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry later the same year. His career resurgence was confirmed when Songs About Me (2005) and Dangerous Man (2006) both debuted at the top of the Billboard country charts. The single ‘Honky Tonk Badonkadonk’, taken from the former, crossed over into the pop charts in 2005, while ‘Ladies Love Country Boys’ from the latter provided Adkins with his second country chart-topper in 2006.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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