Feb 27, 201211:26 AMThe Telegraph
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Trace Adkins Week: At Home With C&I's April Cover Star
EDITOR'S NOTE: Today, we kick off Trace Adkins Week on the C&I site, to celebrate the country singer and actor appearing on the cover of our April issue (on newsstands now). Today, we ask him about his farm house in Eagleville, Tennessee.
He’s the only guy in a house full of women (wife Rhonda and three of five daughters still live at home). But Trace Adkins isn’t complaining. He’s grateful that everyone’s alive and they’ve got a roof over their heads. It might have been otherwise: On June 4, 2011, the Adkins’ home of 11 years in the affluent Nashville, Tennessee, suburb of Brentwood went up in flames. No one was hurt, but they lost a lot of their possessions and have been holing up since at the family farm in Eagleville, about an hour outside of Music City. We chatted with the country crooner about making do at “Camp Adkins.”
Cowboys & Indians: Do you have a new house in town built yet?
Trace Adkins: No, not yet. I think we’ll probably start that in the spring.
C&I: And your farm in Eagleville where you’re currently living — how many acres do you have?
Adkins: It’s just 60 acres.
C&I: I hope you noticed that I knew enough not to refer to it as a ranch. Friends in Nashville tell me, “Look, we have farms. Anyone here who says they have a ranch, they’re not from here.”
Adkins: [Laughs.] No, it’s not a ranch. I call it a farm, but we don’t grow anything but weeds. And trees.
C&I: Do you keep any horses there?
Adkins: No, we don’t. Probably someday. But I’m gone all the time. So it’s just not something that I’m going to do right now. And my 10-year-old has terrible, terrible allergies. And horse dander is one of the worst that she has. So we don’t need to subject her to that.
C&I: In the meantime, you’ve got a good-looking Western bronze on the dining table ...
Adkins: It’s a Remington — a copy, of course, but it’s a Remington.
C&I: How much input did you have into designing the living room and kitchen?
Adkins: Oh, I laid it all out. This is how I wanted it to be laid out. And then I let Rhonda and the contractor do the rest. It’s not a very big cabin, you know. It’s about 3,200 square feet, something like that. But it’s very simple the way it’s laid out. I wanted it to be as open and spacious as it could be. There aren’t many rooms. It’s just a big open couple of floors there.
C&I: And you’ve got something like a bunkhouse, where it looks like there’s about nine beds.
Adkins: Twelve, actually. You know, we designed that to be used as a place where we could all come together. It’s made for the kids. It’s for all our kids to be able to bring their friends. The basement of that cabin is the kids’ area. That’s where all the bunk beds are, and they have their open space and the big-screen TV where they can do their [Nintendo] Wii thing and all that stuff. That was just where all the kids could bring their friends. It’s like a camp, almost. Camp Adkins.
See Adkins at work building a rustic outdoor kitchen for his farm on an episode of Indoors Out at www.diynetwork.com. Find a review of his latest movie – a direct-to-DVD western called Wyatt Earp’s Revenge – here. (UPDATE: Find our Trace Adkins Week Day 2 post, a preview of his upcoming tour, here.)