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Trace Adkins to Debut New Single “Lit” on Fox & Friends – DVR Alert

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This Friday, get ready to ‘slap your grandmas’ as Trace Adkins gives his first TV performance of new single, “Lit,” during his Fox & Friends’ All American Summer Concert Series. As the big man kicks off July Fourth Weekend with this outdoor mini-concert, “Lit” will become available at iTunes and all other digital retailers and streaming partners.

Listen to “Lit” now here.

The new single is a stomp-along that takes Adkins back to his ‘Badonkadonk’ best as he counts down the things that get him fired up. Granny’s back (this time she’s drunk, playin’ Bingo), Grandpa’s fishin’ with dynamite, there’s a little “Sunday morning brimstone from a Pentecostal pastor,” and, “Keith Richards stoned on Rock ‘n Roll tearin’ up that Telecaster.” Of course, nothing revs up this cowboy more than his girl, “slide on over, move a little closer with that four-alarm, fire-engine-red on your lips. So hot, you got me smokin’, girl you got it goin’ on, you’re the only one with the kiss that gets me lit.”

“Lit” was written by Mickey Jack Cones, Monty Criswell and Derek George. It follows “Jesus and Jones,” as the second single by Adkins as he makes his return to music. Both singles will be on Adkins’ forthcoming album release, details to be announced.

Trace Adkins Premiers “Jesus and Jones” Music Video

Trace Adkins debuted his music video for “Jesus and Jones” on CMT, a video that demonstrates walking the line between temptation and good intentions. The video premiered during the morning video block and is now available at TraceAdkins.cmt.com.
The music video, shot outside Nashville, opens with Trace amongst a group of friends waking up wearing last night’s clothes after a boisterous Saturday night. As they get their bearings, neighbors begin to gather for Sunday morning services. Eventually, Trace’s late-night crew arrives one by one to sing for salvation.

“If you just listen to the title of the song, Jesus and Jones, it means basically living somewhere between heaven and hell, I suppose,” music video director, Peter Zavadil said. “So where is someone in between heaven and hell? It’s not the night before, it’s the morning after. So it’s that point where you’re weighing, ‘did I have good times or bad times’ as you’re on your way to church in the morning.”

Bearing George Jones’ name, the song about walking the line references the country legend’s hit, “White Lightning,” in the lyric, “I wish I could find a gear between ‘White Lightning’ and John 3:16.”
The music video also tips its hat to Jones with footage of him and ironic scenes of Trace’s pals rolling into the church’s parking lot on lawnmowers, recalling Jones traveling eight miles by lawnmower to the liquor store after his wife hid the car keys.

Trace Adkins is Back with “Jesus and Jones”

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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 TasteofCountry.com 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

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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 www.carnival.com/CarnivalLIVE, contacting any travel agent or calling 1-800-CARNIVAL.

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