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Trace Adkins Week: Tuning Up for the 'Songs & Stories' Tour

Feb 28, 2012 - 12:48 PM
Trace Adkins Week: Tuning Up for the 'Songs & Stories' Tour

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EDITOR'S NOTE: We continue 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 check in regarding his upcoming 'Songs & Stories' tour. 

On the road again. And again. And again. Such is the life of a country music artist. Even if – no, make that especially if -- you’re a bona fide superstar like Trace Adkins.

“Country music artists by and large tour most of the year,” Adkins tells Cowboys & Indians in an April issue cover-story profile (full version coming Thursday). “We don’t do like the pop acts or the rock acts and do an extensive three-month tour and never come home. We do two or three days a week, and then we come home. And then the next week we do two or three more days. Or we go out and do weekends. And that’s kind of how we do our whole year.”

But things will be slightly different during the Songs & Stories tour that Adkins kicks off March 8 in Des Moines, Iowa. For the concert dates on this particular itinerary, the Louisiana-born, Tennessee-based performer hopes to take a more up-close and personal approach to connecting with his fans.

“This year,” Adkins says, “we’re going to do some more theater stuff. I’ve been talking about doing this for a few years now. I wanted to play in a few more intimate venues, where you get to do a more storyteller-type show, because I don’t get to do that enough.”

Adkins got the inpsiration for his Songs & Stories tour last summer, when he launched his 10th studio album, Proud to be Here, with a CMT Invitation Only special on Country Music Television. The show featured new hits “Just Fishin’” and “Million Dollar View,” a Q&A session -- and the most popular songs from Adkins’ 20-year career. Taping the CMT special was so much fun, Adkins says, that he immediately began mapping out plans for a new tour.

Songs & Stories will conclude May 18 with a “homecoming” date at the fabled Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, the city Adkins has called home throughout his past 20 years as a country music hitmaker. He’s previously appeared many times on the Ryman stage during Grand Ole Opry performances and special events in the past. But the May 18 date will mark the first time Adkins has offered a full-band performance at the venue.

Adkins promises that like all other shows on the Songs & Stories tour, the Ryman concert will be an intimate performance incorporating stories -- both humorous and meaningful -- that draw upon his working-man roots and musical heritage.

“The point of this tour,” he says, “is to get together and share meaningful songs, stories and some laughs ‘around the campfire.’ It’s the country music tradition. The Ryman Auditorium also plays a very important role in the tradition of this genre, so it’s fitting that we would play this stage on this particular tour.”

You can find a complete list of cities and venues for the Songs & Stories tour on Trace Adkins’ website. That’s also where fans can share their personal stories about how they’ve been affected by Adkins and his music on a Songs & Stories page.


Find more from Trace Adkins Week on the C&I site, including yesterday's chat about the singer's Tennessee farm house, as well as a review of his new DVD Western, Wyatt Earp's Revenge.

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