CEDAR CITY — Southern Utah University recently announced that Trace Adkins will be performing in concert on July 10 in the America First Event Center on the SUU campus.
According to a press release from the university, Adkins has been an icon in Nashville for more than two decades. The Louisiana native has sold 11 million albums, won CMT and ACM awards and has nearly 200 million plays on YouTube. And when it comes to new songs, he said he still loves the excitement of both personal creation and collaboration, which is good news, as Adkins is currently back in the studio working on a new project.
“There’s nothing else like that,” he said in the press release. “That is still my favorite thing to do in this business. Go into the studio with just some lyrics and a melody and then let the finest musicians in the world help take it and turn it into something magical. It liberates me. I just dig it!”
Working with some of Nashville’s most respected songwriters, Adkins connects with his fans through his music while recording what he says are autobiographical songs from his career. He said he is overcome with emotion and reflection when he performs hits such as “Every Light In The House” or “You’re Gonna Miss This” and realizes that many in the crowd were not even alive when he recorded those songs and yet the audience still connects with them.
Adkins says he is profoundly touched that he serves as an inspiration to a younger generation of country artists, much in the same way he revered icons like Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard when he first moved to Nashville.
“I want to be in that position,” he said in regards to taking the reigns as an elder statesman in country music. “I want to be looked at that way. I want those guys to think and know they can walk up to me and ask me anything and know that I’m here for them and I’ll help them however I can. I relish that position.”
Adkins says he is committed to doing what he knows and loves: performing, creating and inspiring. And he is as fired up as ever to be back on the road this year, taking his music to his fans once again.
“I’m gonna bring a band and turn it up real loud!” he said. “And we’re gonna have a good time!”
- What: Trace Adkins in concert as part of “Don’t Stop Tour 2019.”
- When: Wednesday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: America First Event Center on the Southern Utah University campus.
- Tickets for the “Don’t Stop Tour 2019” can be purchased online, by calling 435-586-7872 or by visiting the Thunderbird Ticket Office.