Proud to Be Here

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The title track on Trace Adkins' Proud to Be Here, which opens his tenth album of new material, has a particular poignancy: before its release, his Brentwood, Tennessee home burned to the ground due to an electrical fire. He was on tour when the disaster took place but his wife and children were at home; thankfully, they escaped unharmed. Tragedy aside, this set follows Adkins after a big 2010, his The Definitive Greatest Hits: 'Til the Last Shot's Fired, peaked at number 12 on the Billboard country charts and he scored two awards -- one each at CMT and ACM -- for Vocal Effort of the Year and Best Collaborative Video, respectively, with the chart-topping hit single ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The title track on Trace Adkins' Proud to Be Here, which opens his tenth album of new material, has a particular poignancy: before its release, his Brentwood, Tennessee home burned to the ground due to an electrical fire. He was on tour when the disaster took place but his wife and children were at home; thankfully, they escaped unharmed. Tragedy aside, this set follows Adkins after a big 2010, his The Definitive Greatest Hits: 'Til the Last Shot's Fired, peaked at number 12 on the Billboard country charts and he scored two awards -- one each at CMT and ACM -- for Vocal Effort of the Year and Best Collaborative Video, respectively, with the chart-topping hit single "Hillbilly Bone," a duet with Blake Shelton. Proud to Be Here, produced by Kenny Beard and Mark Wright, is a change-up for the artist and was preceded by the Top 20 single "Just Fishin', " whose video stars the singer's daughter. Both the title track and the single reflect a lot of what Adkins does best -- offer a distinctly contemporary version of country music that sticks a lot closer to tradition that it does the current trend of '70s redneck rock -- which has increasingly infected Nashville studios like a disease since 2002. Adkins shows that while honky tonk, two-step country, and the outlaw tradition can be updated, the music doesn't have to sacrifice its soul in the process. Check the bluesy feel of "Love Buzz," with its skittering snare drums. Adkins' voice walks a beautifully loose line between honky tonk, blues, and even R&B in his delivery. "Just Fishin'" may contain a standard narrative of contemporary country -- family -- but his protagonist is a father who understands the complete depth of experience in taking his young daughter fishing; his delivery is imbued with a knowledge of the tradition's art of storytelling in song. Given that Proud to Be Here has been designed for the charts, there are concessions to current trends -- the rockist "It's Who You Know," with its shimmering tambourines, power chords, and arena rock drums; the Fleetwood Mac-esque guitars in "That's What You Get" -- but these are minor missteps on an otherwise solid recording. Proud to Be Here adds to Adkins' well-deserved reputation as a stylist and an artist who stands apart. [The Deluxe Edition contains four bonus tracks including the rocking dancehall duet with Shelton, "If I Was a Woman," and the funky "Damn You Bubba."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/2/2011
  • Label: Show Dog Nashville
  • UPC: 602527744162
  • Catalog Number: 001575802
  • Sales rank: 66,352

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Proud To Be Here (3:44)
  2. 2 Million Dollar View (3:21)
  3. 3 Days Like This (4:14)
  4. 4 That's What You Get (3:07)
  5. 5 Just Fishin' (3:30)
  6. 6 It's a Woman Thang (3:49)
  7. 7 Love Buzz (3:42)
  8. 8 It's Who You Know (3:26)
  9. 9 Poor Folks (3:41)
  10. 10 Always Gonna Be That Way (3:27)
  11. 11 Damn You Bubba (3:43)
  12. 12 More of Us (3:32)
  13. 13 If I Was a Woman - Blake Shelton (3:14)
  14. 14 Semper Fi (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Trace Adkins Primary Artist
Eric Darken Percussion
Robert Bailey Background Vocals
Mike Brignardello Bass
Pat Buchanan Electric Guitar
Jimmy Carter Bass
J.T. Corenflos Electric Guitar
Mark Gillespie Acoustic Guitar
Tony Harrell Piano, Keyboards, Hammond B3
Jim Hoke Harmonica
Greg Morrow Drums
Russ Pahl Pedal Steel Guitar
John Willis Acoustic Guitar
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle, Mandolin
Jimmy Fortune Background Vocals
Kenny Beard Background Vocals
Troy Lancaster Electric Guitar
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Perry Coleman Background Vocals
Scotty Sanders Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar
Jim Brown Keyboards
Ilya Toshinsky Acoustic Guitar
Mickey Jack Cones Background Vocals
Adam Shoenfeld Electric Guitar
Shelly Fairchild Background Vocals
Lisa Torres Background Vocals
Shawn Fichter Drums
Paul Reissner Fiddle
Rich Redmond Percussion
Jon Coleman Synthesizer
Aly Cutter Background Vocals
Brian Wooten Electric Guitar
Danny Rader Acoustic Guitar
Charles "Pevy" Pevahouse Acoustic Guitar
Technical Credits
Aaron Barker Composer
Jeff Balding Engineer
Peter Coleman Engineer
Julian King Engineer
George Teren Composer
Craig Wiseman Composer
Mark Wright Producer
David Lee Murphy Composer
Trace Adkins Composer
Wendell Mobley Composer
Chris Tompkins Composer
Jim Collins Composer
Kenny Beard Composer, Producer
Rivers Rutherford Composer
Casey Beathard Composer
Monty Criswell Composer
Ken Levitan Management
Darin Murphy Booking
Chris Wallin Composer
Susannah Parrish Art Direction
Adam Ayan Mastering
Mickey Jack Cones Vocal Engineer
Ray Scott Composer
Ed Hill Composer
Phillip Moore Composer
Michael Knox Producer
Debra Wingo Williams Groomer
Natalie Moore Art Direction
Dallas Davidson Composer
Kendall Marvel Composer
Aly Cutter Composer
Tiffany Shipp Publicity
J.W. Williams Management
Ira Dean Composer
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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    Heard it all before

    This CD is pleasant but I felt as if I'd heard it all before. Many of the music was the same with only slight changes of lyrics. Sure, he's patriotic but it feels like it's by rote these days. He's never been one to sing really catchy songs and this CD holds true to that. It's sort of like eating Chinese food; as soon as the CD ends, I felt as I'd never heard it. Bland, it leaves little if any lasting impression.

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