Proud to Be Here

Album Review of Proud to Be Here by Trace Adkins.

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Proud to Be Here

Trace Adkins

Proud to Be Here by Trace Adkins

Release Date: Aug 2, 2011
Record label: Show Dog Nashville
Genre(s): Country, Contemporary Country

71 Music Critic Score
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Proud to Be Here - Very Good, Based on 2 Critics

Entertainment Weekly - 72
Based on rating B

Not long ago, it would’ve been hard to imagine this NASCAR-courting Nashville star singing about ballet shoes, training wheels, and kittens, as he does on ”Just Fishin’,” the lead single from his 10th studio album. But Proud to Be Here furthers Adkins’ transformation from mischievous lout into upstanding family man: On ”Million Dollar View,” it’s not some hottie’s honky-tonk badonkadonk he’s taking in, but the scene ”right here in my living room in this little tin-roof house.” B Download These:The reflective title trackHomey ballad Days Like This .

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AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10

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, Adkins' 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 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 the CMT and ACM awards -- for Vocal Effort of the Year and Best Collaborative Video, respectively, with the chart-topping hit single "Hillbilly Bone," in duet with Blake Shelton.

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