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Trace Adkins In Concert

One of Country's Biggest Names Heads to Seneca Allegany Casino
Country superstar Trace Adkins will be filling the Seneca Allegany Casino’s Event Center with his rowdy take on love and romance songs, his no- holds-barred smash hits and his down- to-earth standards on Friday, April 3.
Adkins returned to the road with his cowboy tough image last summer after stepping out of the spotlight to face the personal loss of his father earlier in the year.
Lucky for me, he took some time out of his hectic schedule to talk about his career, the pride he feels when performing for the troops, his very personal reason connecting him to FAAN (Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network), and why he is “odd man out” at home.
In talking with Adkins, I wondered if he looks at life as one big adventure. “Well it has been so far,” said the singer. “And someday when I’m towards the end of it I’ll look back and probably consider that it was somewhat of an adventure,” he added.
Having released 12 albums since his debut album, “Dreamin’ Out Loud” in 1996, he has taken his permanent place in country music history.  The just released concert DVD, “Live Country,” is full of his biggest hits and shows the singer interacting with his fans … which at times gets Adkins to show his “I know I got it” grin that sends the female fans screaming.
I covered a lot of ground in my conversation with this Louisiana native and shared a few laughs along the way.
For ticket information visit: www.senecacasinos.com and click on Seneca Allegany.  For more information on Adkins visit: www.traceadkins.com.


HULICK: You are a very busy man these days. You got back on the road with your concert tour last summer and have been going strong ever since.
ADKINS: I’m happy to be back out there doing it.
HULICK: Touring like you do, and doing that many performances in a row, do you get to the point of burnout, or does the adrenalin keep you going full speed?
ADKINS: I stay burned out until about thirty seconds before I walk on stage.
HULICK: Then you get that pick-up?
ADKINS: Yeah, that’s right.
HULICK: Your big break came three years after your move to Nashville. Had it not come along, would you have been satisfied playing Honky Tonks, and how long would you have waited for that break to come?
ADKINS: No I wouldn’t have been satisfied with that. I’d have went back to work in the oil field.
HULICK: You started out in a gospel group. Would you consider returning to that type of music?
ADKINS: No. I might consider recording a gospel song someday just to get back into my momma’s good graces.
HULICK: Do you have a certain tone in mind when you start working on a new album, or do you set the tone as you go?
ADKINS: Yeah, it just kind of works itself out as I go along. You know I don’t set out to do theme records. The songs dictate where the project ends up. And it’s always a lot of fun you know … because you go into it and you have absolutely no idea how this thing’s gonna turn out, so there’s that unknown that makes it exciting. And when we put the word out on the street that we’re making a new album and those great tunes start flooding in from around town from publishing companies and songwriters from all quarters, it’s a lot of fun.
HULICK: You have performed for the troops on several occasions.
ADKINS: Yes, I have a few times and it’s been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. That’s the most appreciative audience you’ll ever play for. They just leave you with such an overwhelming sense of pride. I really enjoy doing those shows.
HULICK: That must be an amazing feeling walking off the stage after performing for them.
ADKINS: It is. And before I went on my first USO trip I had a chance to talk to Wayne Newton about it, who has done many, many tours for the USO. I asked him what I could expect. He said, “I’ll tell you what you can expect … you’re going to come home and you’re going to feel guilty because you’ll feel like they did more for you than you did for them.” Then he said, “Don’t worry about it … you did your job and you entertained them the best you could. You’re just going to come home and your heart is going to be so full, and your chest is going to be puffed up because you’re going to be so proud of them … and it’s going to give you that … I know it sounds trite, but that renewed sense that you’re so proud to be an American.” He was right!
HULICK: You’ve also been involved with FAAN (Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network), and have been the National Spokesman and the Honorary Chair of their Nationwide Fundraiser Walk. We know that’s something different from performing for the troops, but that level of satisfaction must be off the charts when you find you can use your name to better other people’s lives.
ADKINS: Yeah it is. And being the Honorary Chair is a very personal thing for me. My daughter Brianna has severe food allergies and not enough people are aware of the severity of that condition. They think you get a hold of something you’re allergic to and you break out in hives. They don’t realize it can be deadly. So I’m proud to be a part of that.
HULICK: Having a wife and five daughters, do the women rule the house?
ADKINS: Absolutely! Yeah! I like to think that I have veto power and I think they let me feel that I do, but I think we’re all aware that it’s not true. (laughs)
HULICK: (laughs) The key word there is “think.”
ADKINS: (laughs) Yeah! You are right there!
HULICK: Trace, was there a moment when you knew, without a doubt, this is it … this is what I’ve been working for, this is me living my dream?
ADKINS: Well … Cletus Judd did a parody of one of my songs and I thought … “Well, that’s it!” (laughs)
HULICK: (laughs) That meant you arrived?
ADKINS: (laughed) Yeah! My father thought I finally made it years ago when they had the NASCAR Busch Series Trace Adkins Chrome 300 at Nashville Super Speedway. I mean, I had platinum records, became a member of the Grand Ole Opry and all that kind of stuff, but not until they named a Busch race after me did my father think I finally made it. (laughs)
HULICK: (laughs) That’s hysterical!
ADKINS: Then I did an episode of “Higgley Town Heroes” and I was finally a star in the eyes of my four-year-old. (laughs)