Little Jimmy Dickens Invites Trace Adkins to Join the Opry There's nothing like being invited to join one of country music's biggest families...especially by a country music legend. During Trace's Grand Ole Opry performance in July 2003, Little Jimmy Dickens walked out on stage with a stepladder to greet Adkins face-to-face to ask him "just how bad would he like to become a member of our Grand Ole Opry family." In August 2003, Trace Adkins was officially invited into the Opry family.
Trace Adkins Performs With Loretta Lynn In 2012, Loretta Lynn celebrated her 50th Opry Member Anniversary. As the Opry family celebrated one of country music's most iconic women, fans were treated to numerous historic performances. In this video, Trace Adkins joins Loretta Lynn on the Opry stage to perform the duet "Lead Me On," originally performed by Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn.
Trace Adkins Performs His Hit Song "Still A Soldier" Trace Adkins is an avid supporter of veterans. He's been a spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project since 2008, and has worked and volunteered with non-profit organizations across the country to support those who have served. In 2017, Trace Adkins performed his hit song "Still A Soldier" live on the Grand Ole Opry stage.
Trace Adkins Shares "Reflections From The Circle" During an interview with the Grand Ole Opry's Eddie Stubbs on the Opry stage, Trace Adkins shares how he got into music, what musicians helped to form his career, and how his past has helped to shape his music. He even opens up about songwriting and performing for an audience such as those at the Grand Ole Opry!
Trace Adkins Celebrates His 10-Year Opry Member Anniversary Blake Shelton, Oak Ridge Boys, Ronnie Milsap, Hunter Hayes, and more congratulate Trace Adkins on his 10-year Opry Member Anniversary in 2013. During his special 10-year celebration, Trace and the Opry family reflect on some of Trace's biggest moments on the Opry stage and celebrate his future as a member of the Opry family.
The Grand Ole Opry stage holds many fond memories for Trace Adkins, beginning with his 1996 debut performance. In 2003, the 6'6" singer was invited to join the Opry by 4'11" veteran Little Jimmy Dickens, who stood on a stepladder to ask him face to face. Later that same year, one of Adkins' heroes, fellow Opry member Ronnie Milsap, welcomed him to the family.
A Nashville icon for more than two decades, Trace Adkins has made his mark on the country-music industry. 11 million albums sold. Time-honored hit singles. Momentous, fiery and always memorable live performances. Grammy nominations. Even a slew of movie and TV roles have come the Grand Ole Opry member’s way. Ask Adkins what’s left to prove in his career and the small-town Louisiana native says it’s simple: To continually feel the excitement that comes after whipping up a new song out of thin air and laying it down to tape. “It’s an adrenaline rush and I love it,” says Adkins, who spent much of last year in a Nashville studio writing and recording with some of Nashville’s most respected songwriters including Shane McNally, Tyler Farr and Craig Campbell. The result was Something’s Going On, his 12th studio album and his first release on his new label, BBR Music Group/Wheelhouse Records.
Produced by Mickey Jack Cones, Adkins says Something’s Going On is as much a window into his life as any of his previous albums. “If you really wanted to know who Trace Adkins is, go back and listen to the album cuts on the records I’ve done over my career. Those are the songs that reflect where I was in my head at the time I made that record.” This time lead single “Watered Down" — a slow-burning, emotive rumination on growing older, wiser but never losing your killer instinct and edge -- is the track Adkins wholeheartedly believes most accurately expresses his outlook on life and career at this stage in the game. “I’ve never finished a record and said, ‘OK, this is my favorite cut off this album,’” he recalls. “But this time there’s no bones about it. That’s my favorite cut. It just speaks to my soul.”
In his 2007 autobiography, A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck, the towering baritone recounts his rise to fame, brushes with death, and battles with personal demons. Adkins says he’s profoundly touched that he now serves as an inspiration to a younger generation of country artists, much in the way he revered icons like Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard when first moving to Nashville. Lest you think however that Adkins has lost any of his trademark passion and killer instinct for his craft, the 55-year-old is as fired up as ever to be back on the road touring behind Something’s Going On.
Adkins has won three Academy of Country Music Awards, including the 2009 Single of the Year Award for “You’re Gonna Miss This” and Vocal Event of the Year with Blake Shelton for “Hillbilly Bone” in 2010. He is also an accomplished actor with roles in several films and television shows, most notably playing a tough-as-nails biker in The Lincoln Lawyer, a desperate father in Deepwater Horizon, and a wise oracle of a tattoo artist in the family friendly film Moms' Night Out. But he is perhaps most proud of his work supporting U.S. troops and veterans, serving as a spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project and participating in an astounding 12 USO tours to date.
Ask Adkins where he goes from here and he’ll say it’s simple: keep doing what he knows and love. Performing. Creating. Inspiring. He adores it, and he knows so many of his lifelong fans, and new ones to boot, do too. “I’m gonna go out there and find those people,” he says with a laugh of the coming months. “I’m gonna bring a band and turn it up real loud! And we’re gonna have a good time!”