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 (Sunday nights, 9PM EST/PT).Trace has played a tough as nails biker in The Lincoln Lawyer (starring Matthew McConaughey), he developed and hosted GAC’s “Great American Heroes” series to pay tribute to every-day Americans doing great things and he has hosted the American Country Awards on FOX for three consecutive years.
Trace Adkins is feeling the love on his 11th studio album, Love Will…, and he has confirmed that it will be released this Spring on Show Dog-Universal Music. The collection of sexy grooves, heart-wrenching ballads and up-tempo anthems about the world’s greatest emotion are worthy additions to Adkins’ long list of career hits. Starting today, fans can pre-order the album on his website.
Like any labor of love, this album benefited from relationships built over time and based on respect. The impressive list of producers who helped these songs stand up to Trace’s rich baritone include Tony Brown, Mark Wright, Frank Rogers, Kenny Beard and Mickey Cones. Additionally, several unexpected guests (to be announced) will appear, since love is nothing if not a collaboration.
Trace is 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”).
“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.