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The longest and worst Trace Adkins album ever: a concert review

Last Thursday, my friend Rhonda (hi Rhonda!) invited me to go to the Ohio State Fair with her, emphasizing that she also had tickets for the evening’s Trace Adkins show.  I like Rhonda a lot, and summertime fairs almost as much, so along I went even knowing who the show’s opener was. That particular night’s Trace Adkins tour stop at the Celeste Center in Columbus began with country-rapper (yes, that’s really a thing now) Brantley Giblert. After enduring Gilbert’s set, and the insufferable people around me who had convinced themselves we were hearing quality music, where the pseudo southern rock star sonically roared through his own compositions, including those Jason Aldean has taken to the top of the charts, it was finally time for the headliner to grace the stage. After every song Gilbert offered turned out to be, unsurprisingly, a fist-pumping anthem, I was more than ready to hear Adkins’ baritone tackle some of his better numbers. And while he finally did get around to playing a butcher’s handful of his more meaningful tunes, Adkins began his 70-minute set with a whole slew of his own brand of rock-your-socks country.

From “One Hot Mama”, “Marry For Money”, “Chrome”, through “Brown Chicken Brown Cow”, Adkins trotted out his arsenal of bawdy hits early and employed a large screen to play the music video for each. All but “Brown Chicken” featured an appearance by a bikini babe, in it puppets play the farm-couple porn stars. This apparently wasn’t lost on Adkins, as he remarked that his mother doesn’t like his music videos very much, and ended the shtick with his own Goofy guffaw. He would repeat this throaty hiccuping chuckle each time he tickled himself from the stage, which was often. He also offered up several tunes from his just-released Proud To Be Here album –  the catchy “Million Dollar View” sounds like the next single to me.  Midway through his own list of radio favorites came one of the night’s best performances in the form of a cover of rock band Ace’s 1975 hit “How Long”. During this number, he removed his hat and allowed his two-foot locks to flow and began headbanging to the song’s mid-tempo groove. Even though the night’s high marks were when he delivered lasting favorites “Every Light In The House Is On” and “Then They Do”, the only other of his ballads performed was his current single “Just Fishin'”. This was my first seeing either artist in concert, and even though Trace brought his best affable swagger to the stage, I walked away feeling like I’d just heard a really long version of the singer’s worst album.  When he finally played what I already figured would be the closing number, “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” never sounded better.

11 responses to “The longest and worst Trace Adkins album ever: a concert review

  1. Andrew August 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Unfortunately, this isn’t much different from what he did when I saw him with Martina a year or two ago. Such a waste of a great voice.

  2. bob August 10, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I’m lucky that the only time I saw him in concert was at the Bloomsburg Fair in 2002, before the Brown Cow Badonkadonk garbage – although Chrome was not a favorite of mine. Diamond Rio shared the billing with Trace. The big man sounded good that night. My only disappointment was that he didn’t sing “Help Me Understand”.

  3. Razor X August 10, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Well, this is disappointing to hear. I wouldn’t expect to like every number Trace did but it sounds like he served up an extra-large helping of the really bad stuff. I don’t know what he’s thinking sometimes. When his songs are great, they’re really great. But way too often, they are absolute crap.

  4. Occasional Hope August 11, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I wonder if maybe the parts of the audience who like Trace’s worst stuff are the ones who shout the loudest, gib=ving Trace the impression they’re wahat everyone wants to hear?

    • J.R. Journey August 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm

      That’s an interesting thought. It was a whoop it up crowd for sure, but I went in expecting that. It also seems like Adkins is effectively cultivating that kind of fan base. The average audience member that night was plenty loud, and it seemed I got the worst of the lot in Section 112. 🙂

      • Razor X August 11, 2011 at 8:04 pm

        Well, radio seems to play his crap songs more often than his good ones — so those are the ones people hear the most of, and those who like that sort of thing are probably more likely to buy his concert tickets.

  5. Sarah July 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Wow if you people are going to say those things about trace Adkins then you obviously don’t know what good country is. Yes I agree that everyone is entitled to their own opinion but if you have bad things to say about trace then keep them to yourselves because some people like him unlike you. Some of us are willing to pay money for his tickets and some of us like hearing his songs on the radio. Just because you don’t that’s not everyone else’s problem so keep your opinions to yourself!!

  6. John July 24, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    I’m at Cheyenne Frontier days wher Trace is opening for Toby Keith. The music is so loud and distorted with feedback, I can barely hear him sing or tell what song they are playing. It’s terrible, don’t waste your time or money to see him.

  7. MB March 7, 2016 at 7:13 am

    All interesting comments. While not a huge TA fan myself his success speaks volumes over any critics comments. Even after the poor opinions spoken here you can rest assured that he will be in the country scene for a long time to come.

  8. DARLENE NIXON January 3, 2017 at 1:49 am

    Trace is a good singer. When I saw him in concert about two years ago he sounds good. He was not long winded. He went through his songs & he took his time to sing the songs. Thank you.

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