Proud to Be Here (2011) Not long ago, it would've been hard to imagine this NASCAR-courting Nashville star singing about ballet shoes, training wheels, and kittens, as he does on… 2011-08-02 Trace Adkins Country Universal
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Proud to Be Here (2011)

Trace Adkins | 'HONKY TONK' AND HUMBLE On Proud , Adkins has shaped up and settled down
'HONKY TONK' AND HUMBLE On Proud, Adkins has shaped up and settled down
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Aug 02, 2011; Lead Performance: Trace Adkins; Genre: Country; Production: Universal

Not long ago, it would've been hard to imagine this NASCAR-courting Nashville star singing about ballet shoes, training wheels, and kittens, as he does on ''Just Fishin','' the lead single from his 10th studio album. But Proud to Be Here furthers Adkins' transformation from mischievous lout into upstanding family man: On ''Million Dollar View,'' it's not some hottie's honky-tonk badonkadonk he's taking in, but the scene ''right here in my living room in this little tin-roof house.'' B

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The reflective title track
Homey ballad Days Like This

Originally posted Jul 27, 2011 Published in issue #1166 Aug 05, 2011 Order article reprints