Saturday, June 30, 2012
Trace Adkins brings a little bit of country to Thunder Valley
Special contribution to Placer County Online:
As expected, the cowboy boots and hats were aplenty Friday when Grammy winner and country performer Trace Adkins took the Thunder Valley Outdoor Amphitheater stage.
The showman didn't disappoint, although it took an hour to really get the bluesy show going. Adkins, who makes women swoon with an Elvis-esque tilt of his hips, apologized for that and even thanked the audience for sticking around through the first half of the set as they probably didn't know the songs. But he said he spent a lot of money recording them so someone needed to hear them.
The nearly two-hour set was filled with a variety of music spanning Adkins' 16-year career. He spliced the songs with stories about how they came to be, including "Semper Fi," a heartwarming tribute to the military he wrote when his neighbor in Tennessee was sent to Iraq.
Adkins make the crowd giggle when he said he already crossed going to the Grammys from his bucket list; when they called this year, he said to drop the prize in the mail if he won. "I already saw that freak show."