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I love me some Trace Adkins and so it makes me sad as sad can be that he has started talking quite frequently in interviews about how he knows he's on the downhill side of popularity. It's become a regular occurrence to hear him mention in that almost Eeyore-esque voice of his that his radio career is probably just about over. The newest sad quote comes from The Toledo Blade where he says:
“It’s like Toby [Keith] said to me, ‘One day radio is going to get tired of playing our stuff.’ And I’m probably there. I’ve probably been there for the last three or four years,” Adkins said in a telephone interview. “I’m not going to be bitter about it. When they started playing my record in 1996, they stopped playing someone else’s. That’s just the way it works.”
Yes, I know he's just being realistic but still …
He also mentions that his last album, "Love Will …," was definitely a disappointment in its lackluster performance.
“To be quite honest with you, the record really has been a big disappointment for me. I felt it would do really well. I felt radio would play that single with Colbie Caillat and myself. It just didn’t work out,” Adkins said. “Who knows what happened? I’ll shoulder part of the responsibility myself. I chose that single. I thought with Colbie on it that it would help. Truthfully, I loved that song. I think it’s one of the most profound love songs I’ve recorded.”
Oh Trace, you're killing me with your melancholy quotes. One thing does sound certain, though, Trace plans to keep on keeping on — even if he's not on the radio.
“I still enjoy my time on stage, being out there with some of my best friends in the world playing music with me. We’re like brothers and have fun doing it. As long as I’m having fun, I’m going to keep doing it.”
To me it sounds like Trace is getting to that point in his life where he's going to start recording the best stuff of his career. Seems like when you're not tied down trying to please radio audiences it frees you up to record the stuff you were meant to record. I'm definitely looking forward to Trace's deep, sexy voice serenading me for a long time to come whether it's playing on my local radio station or not.
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