Trace Adkins, Big & Rich bring in new year in New York
Monday, December 19, 2011
– Trace Adkins and Big & Rich will be on "All American New Year," on Dec. 31 on Fox News.
The show, which airs from 11 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. eastern, will be hosted by Megyn Kelly and Bill Hemmer to ring in 2012 live from Times Square in New York City.
The live program also includes the cast of the Tony Award-nominated Rock of Ages. Viewers will be encouraged to participate in the program by texting special holiday messages which will appear on a screen ticker throughout the entire show.
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Proud To Be Here
The 10 largely upbeat songs on Trace Adkins' 10th album reveals a more mature, thoughtful performer who still likes to have a little fun but appreciates where he's at these days. That can't be easy for a guy who's experienced his share of tough times through a 15-year career. He was shot by his second wife, had a pinkie finger severed in an accident (it was reattached) and lost his house in June to a fire. Yet Adkins turns away from tragedy and reflects on the positives in his life. »»»
Cowboy's Back in Town
Trace Adkins' move to Toby Keith's Show Dog label has certainly brought out the macho in him. Much like Keith, Adkins sings a lot of songs here about being a real man's man. With Hell, I Can Do That, he speaks for every confident guy that's ever believed that the feats celebrities accomplish aren't really all that hard. He's also ready for a fight during both Whoop A Man's Ass and Hold My Beer.
Musically, Adkins rocks out on Brown Chicken Brown Cow and Ala-Freakin-Bana. »»»
Trace Adkins certainly has led a colorful life, while not being afraid of controversy. And 10 discs into his career, he has developed a consistency, which means songs about soldiers, love and drinking.
Adkins' greatest tool remains his voice. The baritone is very full sounding whether on CD or in concert - he is no creation of ProTools. Adkins always has enjoyed a hot, oozing love song. Here, the Louisianan infuses a nastiness to the lead-off Sweet, about his flame who he brings home »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Steve Earle doesn't rest (on laurels)
If you didn't realize Steve Earle had a new disc out, "The Low Highway," it would have been no problem realizing that quite and quickly.
That was because Earle started the two-hour show with three straight tracks from "The Low Highway," and he would not be done for the night. The title track of was a midtempo effort... »»»
Concert Review: The Howlin' Brothers leave the radar behind
The Howlin' Brothers - this trio, in reality, contains no brothers - are about eight years into their career and on their fifth album. To say they've been under the radar screen may be an understatement. You couldn't even say they've been flying under that screen because they have stuck very close to their Nashville environs.... »»»
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