Proud To Be Here
by Trace Adkins
Released: Aug 2011
Label: Show Dog Universal Music
As with "Hillbilly Bone" cohort Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins' 2011 album largely disregards his wild side. The sweet "Just Fishin'" rhapsodizes quality time with his daughter. The title track thanks his guardian angels, who "worked their wings off." His "Million Dollar View" is of his old lady, in their living room. The only real intoxicant is a "Love Buzz." But his submariner bass abides, cracking wise throughout and lighting up the goofy "It's a Woman Thing." (Discussed: towels, shoes, haircuts, shopping, mood swings.) Look out for the love-conquers-the-recession anthem "Poor Folks," too.