Trace Adkins' talks country, canines and movie casting

Mon Nov 14, 2011 2:24pm EST
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By Vernell Hackett

NASHVILLE (Reuters) - Country star Trace Adkins' career has gone to the dogs -- sort of.

He's spent the past few weeks judging an advertising jingle contest for Waggin' Train dog treats, and recently stepped into the recording studio with winner Dewey Longuski of Mason, Michigan, whose jingle "Headin' Out to Tasty Town" will be recorded to promote the canine food.

But that is truly just a sideshow to the 49-year-old singer's career. Adkins is preparing to host the upcoming American Country Awards in Las Vegas on December 5 with Kristin Chenoweth, and he's been acting in movies "The First Ride of Wyatt Earp" and "The Healer," both due out next year.

The Earp film depicts Wild West marshal Wyatt Earp (Val Kilmer) recounting his treacherous search for a murderer in Dodge City, Kansas. In "The Healer," Adkins will return to a role he's played previously -- an angel of death.

Movie projects aside, singing and songwriting remain the heart and soul of Adkins' work. His hits include "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," "You're Gonna Miss This" and "Just Fishin'." He says his new single, "Million Dollar View," is about his wife, Rhonda. And he reminds her of that every time she gets upset with him and he finds himself all alone -- in the dog house.

Q: You're hosting the American Country Awards in December in Las Vegas. Are you very involved in the show's planning?

A: "When I told them I'd host last year, I wasn't sure if I would be very good at hosting a show like that. One of the things I insisted on was that I be able to help with writing the script, or at least be involved in what I would say. If I think something isn't funny, I'll tell the writers, and then I have to stand behind that and offer some suggestions as to what I think might work. It's been a lot of fun to be involved with it, and see how a show like that all comes together."

Q: And you just finished a movie with Val Kilmer called "The First Ride of Wyatt Earp." I remember you said one time that you would love to be in a Western, even if you got killed in the first scene. Is that what happens in this movie?"   Continued...