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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.”

Big & Rich, Aaron Lewis, LoCash & MORE Added to NHL All-Star Music LineUp!

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Big & Rich, Aaron Lewis and LOCASH join a robust list of performers for the IntelliCentrics Outdoor Concert Series and NHL Fan Fair™ presented by Bridgestone during the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star festivities in Nashville, January 28-31.

The IntelliCentrics Outdoor Concert Series, as part of Bridgestone Winter Park, is free to the general public. Fans can look forward to shows from Big & Rich, Aaron Lewis, Lee Brice, Chris Young, Dierks Bentley, Kelsea Ballerini, Eli Young Band, John Hiatt, and Tara Thompson on the Honda Stage. Throughout the month of December and January, a wide variety of additional programming will be available, including public skating at the IntelliCentrics Ice Rink. More information on Bridgestone Winter Park programming can be found online at

In addition, throughout the same four-day period, fans will be able to enjoy an indoor concert series at the 2016 NHL Fan Fair™ presented by Bridgestone, the official fan festival of the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star festivities. Concerts inside NHL Fan Fair are included with a valid NHL® Fan Fair ticket. Fans with a valid NHL Fan Fair™ ticket will have same day re-entry privileges to enjoy the official fan festival inside the Music City Center as well as Bridgestone Winter Park activities. NHL Fan Fair™ concerts will coordinate with the IntelliCentrics Outdoor Concert Series so fans will never have to choose between shows. Acts that will perform indoors at the 2016 NHL Fan Fair™ presented by Bridgestone include LOCASH, Tracy Lawrence, Lonestar, Danny Gokey, MercyMe, Lewis Brice, Ryan Hurd, Russell Dickerson, Stephen Lee Olsen, Craig Wayne Boyd, DJ DU, and DJ Rock as well as Charles Esten, Clare Bowen and Lennon & Maisy from the cast of ABC’s “Nashville.”

Additional acts, including those performing at the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday, Jan. 30 and 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star Game in Bridgestone Arena on Sunday, Jan. 31st, will be announced at a later date.

Tickets to the 2016 NHL Fan Fair™ presented by Bridgestone are available now through the Bridgestone Arena box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children between the ages of 3 and 12, seniors, and college students or military personnel with a valid ID. Children under the age of 3 will be admitted for free. For full ticket information and the latest 2016 NHL Fan Fair™ presented by Bridgestone news, fans should visit

VIP hospitality for Bridgestone Winter Park and the IntelliCentrics Outdoor Concert Series is available through local support packages. More information can be found online at

Thursday, January 28
Big & Rich – IntelliCentrics Outdoor Concert Series at Bridgestone Winter Park (Walk of Fame Park)
LOCASH – NHL Fan Fair™ presented by Bridgestone*
(Music City Center)

Friday, January 29
Aaron Lewis – IntelliCentrics Outdoor Concert Series at Bridgestone Winter Park (Walk of Fame Park)

*Ticket required for entry and available for purchase via and Bridgestone Arena box office

A tentative daily schedule of the initial talent lineup is available at

“Hosting the NHL All-Star celebration in Music City provides a terrific opportunity to involve the music community with numerous concerts that reflect the breadth and talent of Nashville’s All-Star artists,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Nashville LOC’s Events committee. “We couldn’t be more appreciative of the support of the entire corporate community – but particularly to Bridgestone and IntelliCentrics for their generosity in making this possible.”

Country Shines on CMT Artists of the Year Red Carpet

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Last night, CMT honored their picks for Artists of the Year at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Check out the red carpet fashion of Luke Bryan, Kellie Pickler, Hillary Scott, Sam Hunt and MORE!

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***All Photos Courtesy of CMT Press***

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.

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