Proud to Be Here [Deluxe Edition]

Proud to Be Here [Deluxe Edition]

by Trace Adkins
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Proud to Be Here [Deluxe Edition]

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."]

Product Details

Release Date: 08/02/2011
Label: Show Dog Nashville
UPC: 0602527744162
catalogNumber: 001575802

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
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
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
Chris Tompkins   Composer

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Proud to Be Here 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PeytonCK More than 1 year ago
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.