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Trace Adkins

Proud to Be Here


Trace Adkins’s new album was completed before the fire that destroyed his family’s home and many of their belongings in June. Still, the title-and the ballad of the same name-take on more resonance now, as does the nostalgic first single, “Just Fishin’,” about the lasting memories of father-daughter bonding time. But considering everything the country star has been through recently, some of these songs-such as the sly “It’s a Woman Thang” and the deluxe-only “If I Was a Woman” (featuring Blake Shelton)-may feel a little too shallow. You kind of want some more depth from the dude.