Trace Adkins' publicists have been on him for years to start tweeting. But he was hesitant; it wasn't his thing. The country star finally budged Feb. 28, making his Twitter debut. And his first tweet probably gave his publicists pause. It was a photo of Adkins in a hospital gown. From behind.
Trace Adkins' publicists have been on him for years to start tweeting. But he was hesitant; it wasn't his thing.
The country star finally budged Feb. 28, making his Twitter debut. And his first tweet probably gave his publicists pause. It was a photo of Adkins in a hospital gown. From behind.
“My wife took the pictures, so it can't be that bad,” said Adkins, 50, who was at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., the day the photo was taken. He was there getting kidney stones removed. “Everybody who puts on a hospital gown looks like that.”
Adkins — who has been voted Country's Sexiest Man by the readers of Country Weekly — said he's still learning the ropes on Twitter. He still doesn't know how to detect his number of followers (he's now at 136,788). But he'll be using the social media tool on his Songs and Stories tour.
Adkins was inspired to do the tour after he released his 10th album, “Proud to Be Here,” last summer. He marked the occasion with a CMT special that featured new songs, his greatest hits and a question-and-answer session. He liked the atmosphere of the show and decided to recapture it with a tour.
Adkins is asking fans to submit questions or song requests via Twitter.
“We'll sift through them and pick a few (in advance),” he said. “That avoids the chaos of opening it up at the show and having people holler out questions. We might do a little of that, too, but I'd like to take some from Twitter.”
Adkins reminds people to mention in their tweets which show they'll be at, so he can link each request with the correct show. He anticipates performing material he hasn't performed in years, but with new band members who bring a fresh take on it.
The Louisiana native has amassed quite a fanbase over the years with hits like “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” and “(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing.” As far as country stars go, Adkins is legitimate. He has the roughneck history to back up his songs. He's worked on oil rigs and survived car crashes. He was shot in the chest with a .38 pistol by his second wife in 1994. He's battled alcoholism. The most recent hardship he has endured was the fire of his Nashville home in June. Two of his five daughters were home at the time with a nanny but were able to escape unharmed. An investigator determined the fire was caused by a faulty power strip.
So is Adkins unlucky, or does he have an angel on his shoulder?
“It depends on your perspective,” he said. “Am I lucky or am I unlucky? I don't really know, myself.”
Throughout all of this, Adkins has proved himself to be a workhorse, releasing music and touring, appearing on television shows (including Donald Trump's “Celebrity Apprentice”), doing voice-over work and taking on film roles — most recently as a biker gang leader in Matthew McConaughey's “Lincoln Lawyer.”
He enjoys all of it.
“If it's something that I think I can pull off and it fits into my schedule, I'll do it. I have fun, and I like challenges,” said the star, who doesn't have plans to trade music in for any of it. “As long as people want to hear me doing this, I'll keep doing it.”
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