Trace Adkins really is "Proud To Be Here"

Wed Aug 3, 2011 5:54pm EDT
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By Vernell Hackett

NASHVILLE (Reuters) - The irony of the title of Trace Adkins' new album, "Proud To Be Here," is not lost on anyone who knows the country singer.

Adkins has suffered through several tragedies in his life, including severing (and reattaching) his pinky finger in an accident, being shot by his second wife, and most recently, losing his Nashville home to a fire.

"When (songwriter) Chris Wallin played me "Proud to be Here," I thought, 'You son of a gun, how do you know that (about me),'" Adkins told Reuters.

"I am fortunate that I am friends with some of the best songwriters on this planet. Sometimes when they hear I'm recording they shamelessly write something specifically for me. This song is a great example of that," he said.

Louisiana native Adkins says much of his new album, which was released this week and also is titled "Proud to be Here," was inspired by his family's farm outside of Nashville where he, his wife and three daughters now live following the June fire that destroyed his former home.

The video for his song "Just Fishin'" was shot on the farm, and the tune "Days Like This" was inspired by the view from his backyard deck, which overlooks a lake and the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee.

"The song is very literal, especially that first verse," Adkins said. "Kenny Beard and Casey Beathard came up to the house a year or so ago to write, and we were sitting on the deck talking. The TV was on and some kind of depressing news came on and somebody said, 'We don't need to listen to that on a day like this.' We wrote the song in about 45 minutes."