Trace Adkins Touring Despite Personal Struggles And Strife
In a recent Clickitticket article, I waxed poetically about how performers feel more at home on the stage than anywhere else. I wrote that in reference to Marc Anthony and his many girl troubles but the sentiment also applies to country music superstar Trace Adkins.
"It's good to be back on the road. That's what we do. That's my life. I'd die if I'm not on the road." – Trace Adkins
Trace Adkins and his band, the Sarepta Gentleman’s Club, returned to the road in early June. Adkins and company will live out of suitcases until Oct. 3. On that autumn night, Adkins will be in Carmel, Indiana for a gig at The Palladium.
Highlights of Adkins’ route include the Country Life Music Festival in Peoria, Illinois (July 20); the Last Chance Stampede and Fair in Helena, Montana (July 23); and the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, Massachusetts (Aug. 2).
Fans will also want to catch Trace Adkins in Kansas City when he plays the Ameristar Casino and Hotel on Sept. 5.
After that, Trace Adkins will perform on two Carnival Cruise Lines. One departs Oct. 13 and the other sets sail on Nov. 4.
Sandwiched in between the boat rides is an Oct. 25 gig at the N.C. State Fair in Raleigh.
Then on Nov. 15, Adkins hits the road again for another round of his highly successful Christmas Show. He began his yuletide trek last year in support of his first Christmas album, The King’s Gift.
In 2014, Adkins opens his holiday sleigh ride in Worcester, Massachusetts at the Hanover Theatre. He’ll spread Christmas spirit in New Brunswick, Englewood, and Providence. On Nov. 22, Trace Adkins rolls into in Baltimore for a concert at the Modell Performing Arts Center.
Charm City is the penultimate stop on his itinerary. The singer will say his final “ho ho hos” on Dec. 6 in Salina, Kansas.
Adkins will finish 2014 doing what he loves best and that’s performing. Getting the chance to play for his fans will certainly be the best present under his proverbial Christmas tree especially when he considers how bad his year began.
Back in January, Adkins was booked on another Country Cruise. On the same ship was a Trace Adkins impersonator. I didn’t even know there was such a thing.
At first, the real Adkins took the faux Adkins in stride but the former snapped when he started signing autographs. According to Stephen Barker from Love and Theft, their confrontation involved nary a punch.
“You know, there’s only so much you can take when someone’s trying to be you. [Eventually] you’re like, ‘Ok bro’, I’ve been doing this for 20 years, you’ve been following me around … and now you’re going to come on this small cruise ship …’” – Stephen Barker
Adkins was the cruise’s headliner but left when the ship reached Jamaica. Adkins’ departure was not necessarily because of the skirmish with his cheap clone. He disembarked because he had a drink. The country music star fell off the wagon.
Adkins left the cruise ship and immediately checked himself into a treatment facility. The last time he entered rehab for his alcoholism was December of 2002. Too bad he hit the booze again but kudos for a quick return to rehab.
That right there is enough to ruin one’s year but the fates had more in store for the Louisianan. While in rehab, Adkins’ father died.
Aaron Doyle Adkins left this world on Feb. 1. Trace was still in rehab but was allowed to leave when his father’s condition worsened. The elder Adkins was 71.
The following month, Trace’s wife of 16 years, Rhonda Forlaw Adkins, filed for divorce. Reason for the divorce is good ol’ "irreconcilable differences.” The couple has three children.
So in less than three months, Adkins entered rehab, lost his father, and saw his marriage dissolve. No wonder he said during a June 13 concert in upstate New York: “It’s good to be back in Niagara Falls. It’s good to be back anywhere.”
Trace Adkins is nothing if not a survivor. You’re not going to keep him down. Remember, he cut off a pinky while opening a bucket with a knife, nearly lost his nose in a terrible car accident, and was shot by his ex-wife (not Rhonda).
On March 11, 15 days before Rhonda filed for divorce, Adkins sang with the band Exile at the Grand Ole Opry. It was his first live performance after leaving rehab.
On May 29, the comedy Mom’s Night Out starring Patricia Heaton, Sean Astin, and Trace Adkins (it pretty much had to star Adkins or why would I have mentioned it) hit theaters. The film was panned but it grossed twice as much as it cost to make it.
Adkins’ tour kicked off on June 5.
On June 21, Adkins was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Adkins was born in Sarepta, Louisiana and is never shy about showing his affinity to the Bayou State. The event was attended by Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal.
On July 5, Adkins performed at Muddy Bottoms. Even if this performance was inconsequential I still would have mentioned it. How can you not mention a place named “Muddy Bottoms?”
Well, Muddy Bottoms is an ATV and recreation park located in Adkins hometown of Sarepta, Louisiana. Adkins’ concert was part of “Muddin’ for the Military” an event held to benefit Lone Star Warrior Outdoor—they provide hunting and fishing trips to wounded Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.
Of all the artists performing this summer—Jay-Z, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Zac Brown Band—no one is happier to be on stage than Trace Adkins.
Adkins doesn’t mention his personal struggles and strife on stage but the fans know what he’s going through. They have been showering him with support. In return, Adkins has been giving them his usual awesome live show. He works everyone in the crowd from kids to grandmothers. At times he’s flirty and at times he’s earnest but he’s always blowing the roof off the concert venue.
In addition to all the hits, expect to hear three news songs at an upcoming Trace Adkins concert: “It All Adds Up to Us,” “Maintenance Man,” and “Take It From Me.”
“It All Adds Up to Us” is about the tiny things in a romantic relationship.
“Maintenance Man” is about keeping a woman happy. So it’s definitely a fantasy song—am I right fellows! (thank you, I’m here all week).
In “Take It From Me,” Adkins wields wisdom on what to do when you’re relationship is falling apart.
During his first tour stop in Sayreville, New Jersey, Adkins teased fans by announcing that a new album is on the way. Unfortunately, he gave no more details than that.
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