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Trace Adkins is Back with “Jesus and Jones”


Trace Adkins is back with “Jesus and Jones,” a song about walking the line between temptation and good intentions. It’s Adkins’ first single with Wheelhouse Records, part of the BBR Music Group, and was written by Jim McCormick, Casey Beathard and Tyler Farr. The official lyric video is now live and the song will be available across all digital retailers and streaming partners this Friday, January 8th.

Watch the official lyric video for “Jesus and Jones” below.

Prior to the holidays, a live recording of the song appeared online and observed, “Adkins’ return hardly comes hat in hand. Physically and sonically he’s a leaner version of the singer that returned to rehab in 2014, but no less aggressive. With “Jesus and Jones” he’s doubled-down on roughneck with no promises that he won’t cross that line again.”

In a special email to fans with a limited-time free download of the new song, Trace stated, “this is our first single off a new album that’ll come out later this year. This is a song that’s autobiographical. The first thing I ever did behind a microphone was singing bass in a gospel quartet. At the same time, I was playing guitar and singing in honky tonks, so, that’s when the struggle began…the wrestling match between ‘Jesus’ and ‘Jones’ and I still struggle with that.”

Like its subject matter, the uptempo, hard-driving song juxtaposes Adkins’ rich baritone with Gospel choirs, electric guitars and lyrics both pious and risqué. The song opens with a confession:

I’m the last one standing every Saturday night, all the rights feel wrong and the wrongs feel right but every Sunday morning I see the light again.” Later, it struggles with walking the line: “I need to find some middle ground between let ‘er rip and settling down, but I go from dry to drowned, lost to found, stone cold sober to just plain stoned.”

Trace Adkins to Head Out with Carnival LIVE Again in 2016


Carnival Cruise Line has announced its initial 2016 Carnival LIVE lineup and country musics’ very own Trace Adkins will be heading out with them again this year.  Journey, Gladys Knight, and KC & The Sunshine Band will also be entertaining guests on 11 different ships next year.

Bringing the best in live music to the seas, Carnival LIVE is a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience that provides guests an opportunity to enjoy captivating performances by major artists at a tremendous value.  Performances are held in the ships’ main theaters – ranging in guest capacity from 900 to 1,300 – meaning there’s never a bad seat in the house.

Carnival LIVE performances will be offered on cruises departing from eight U.S. homeports with concerts taking place while vessels are docked in Cozumel, Nassau and St. Thomas.

The 2016 Carnival Live Concert Series kicks off with three performances by legendary singer Gladys Knight who will perform while Carnival Liberty, Carnival Valor and Carnival Splendor are docked in St. Thomas Feb. 1-3, respectively. Knight will showcase songs from her incredible musical career that began in Motown and then crossed over to pop music with her Grammy Award-winning number one hit “Midnight Train to Georgia.”

Fans are sure to “get down tonight” as they enjoy three high-energy shows in Cozumel by KC & The Sunshine Band, who rose to fame in the 1970s with four consecutive number one singles. Led by charismatic front man Harry Casey – better known as KC – the concerts will take place in Cozumel March 22-24 aboard Carnival Paradise, Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Breeze.

Diamond-certified album holder JOURNEY returns to Carnival LIVE for a second consecutive year with back-to-back shows in Nassau aboard Carnival Pride May 5 and Carnival Victory May 6.  The band has sold 80 million albums worldwide and has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums since its formation in 1973 in San Francisco. The prestigious “Legend of Live Award” was presented to JOURNEY at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards to honor the band’s contributions to live music.

Fresh from his appearance at Carnival’s Ultimate Cowboys Fan Fest last month, Trace Adkins returns to Carnival LIVE again this year with three concerts in Nassau aboard Carnival Freedom July 6, Carnival Dream July 7 and Carnival Conquest July 8.  Adkins’ trademark baritone has powered many hit songs to the top of the charts, with the Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry selling more than 10 million records and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts.

Carnival LIVE tickets for 2016 range from $40 to $75 for general admission, significantly less than land-based venues.  VIP tickets are available for $150 to $250 and offer seating in the first four rows, a photo opportunity with the artist and a commemorative concert pass.

A full listing of the 2016 Carnival LIVE concert series is available by visiting, contacting any travel agent or calling 1-800-CARNIVAL.

Additional Artists Announced for 25th Anniversary of Country Jam

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In celebration of the 25th Annual Country Jam festival, additional artists are already being added and announced for one of the biggest country music camping festivals in the United States.  Trace Adkins, Big & Rich, Tyler Farr, Joe Nichols, Easton Corbin, Chase Bryant, Darryl Worley, Neal McCoy, Halfway to Hazard and Annie Bosko are scheduled to perform at the 25th Annual Country Jam.

These artists join the previously announced superstar lineup of headliners including four of country music’s biggest chart-toppers and recent CMA Award nominees Zac Brown Band, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley and Lee Brice. The festival will be held June 16-19, 2016 at Jam Ranch outside Grand Junction, CO.

“It is our privilege to be able to celebrate twenty-five years of Country Jam in 2016 with our amazing fans,” said Dhruv Prasad, Executive Vice President of Live Events for Townsquare Media, Inc., the owner of Country Jam. “We’ve got a lot of special things in store, including what we believe is the strongest talent lineup in the history of the event.  We can’t wait for June.”

Tickets are available now for Country Jam 2016. 4-day general admission tickets start at $135, with reserve tickets starting at $365, and VIP packages starting at $715. More information on VIP package details, along with camping options and pricing are available online at

Country Jam features world-class entertainment and on-site camping in the “high-desert” surrounded by the scenic red rock mesa in the heart of Western Colorado. The four-day festival has established itself as a must-do for country music fans, with last year’s Country Jam featuring performances from superstars, legends and the hottest rising newcomers in country music including Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, The Band Perry, Billy Currington, Kacey Musgraves, Eli Young Band, Thompson Square, Parmalee, Frankie Ballard and more.

More information about Country Jam can be found online at

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Martina McBride, Hunter Hayes, Maddie & Tae and More Join Headliner Lady Antebellum for the “Hearts Unsung” Benefit Concert

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NASH has announced some of Country music’s biggest artists will now be performing alongside seven-time GRAMMY® Award-winning trio Lady Antebellum at the upcoming “Hearts Unsung” benefit concert on November 9 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.

Additional performers now include:

  • Martina McBride, one of music’s preeminent female vocalists whose most recently released album, Everlasting, was her fifth chart-topping debut
  • Hunter Hayes, the five-time GRAMMY® nominee who just launched his own 21 Tour this fall to support his popular song “21”
  • Maddie & Tae, the CMA-nominated singer-songwriter duo currently on the first wind of their headlining Start Here Tour
  • Trace Adkins, who, with his trademark baritone, has released countless hits, including “You’re Gonna Miss This” and “Ladies Love Country Boys”
  • Jewel, one of the premiere singer-songwriters of our time who recently released Picking Up the Pieces
  • Ryan Kinder, the distinctive up-and-comer who is currently working on his debut album

The concert will support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in its mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible through its network of 170 member hospitals across the United States and Canada. The newly-crowned Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, who serves as the National Goodwill Ambassador for the charitable organization, will be hosting the event.

“I couldn’t be more proud to host the Hearts Unsung benefit concert,” said Betty Cantrell. “I know it will prove to be an exciting concert so I encourage everyone to attend the show and support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.”

“The holiday season is a time when our family reflects back on all of the blessings we have had throughout the year,” said Martina McBride. “I’m honored to join the lineup to celebrate Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and help them continue the work they do to give incredible blessings to so many other deserving families each year.”

“As a mother myself, I am touched and honored when I’m able to participate in events that benefit children facing such tremendous hardship,” said Jewel.

The benefit concert will also serve as the centerpiece for the next full-length feature film directed and produced by NASH TV Films: Hearts Unsung. The documentary, which is currently in production, features inspiring stories of courageous women who have overcome adversity paired with amazing live performances from some of the best acts in America, including exclusive content from the Nashville benefit show. Hearts Unsung will also be presented in select movie theaters throughout the U.S. beginning on January 21, 2016.

In addition, the benefit concert will be spotlighted on a two-night NASH Nights Live ‘Night of Miracles’ special broadcast airing on Friday, November 6th and during the Monday fundraiser. The broadcast will include updates from the concert, behind-the-songs stories from Country artists and personal testimonials about the cause.

Tickets for the Hearts Unsung benefit concert can be purchased at Information is available locally at

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