Trace Adkins at the Paramount Theatre, 4/25/12 (photos and review)By Colleen Smith | April 26th, 2012 | 2 comments
Trace Adkins rounded up the cowboy hat, boots and pearl snap shirt crowd in Denver last night for two sets of contemporary country music at the Paramount Theatre. Swinging through the Mile High City on his Songs & Stories Tour, Adkins took the stage promptly at 8 p.m. and finished by 10.
A former college football player (still buff), Adkins dwarfs his acoustic guitars. He’s a big guy with a big baritone voice deep as the sea when he descends into second-bass territory on some songs.
Adkins trotted out a number of tracks from his new album “Proud To Be Here,” telling the audience, “I spent a lot of money making these songs; and, by God, somebody’s going to listen to them.”
In addition to the title track, Adkins performed “Love Buzz,” “Just Fishin’” (about his daughter) and “Semper Fi,” a new song dedicated to the Marine Corps stimulated a standing ovation.
Seasoned favorites such as “Songs About Me,” “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” “Ladies Love Country Boys” and “You’re Gonna Miss This” rounded out the show. Backed by a seven-man ensemble (about half singing back-up harmonies) Adkins and his boys covered “How Long Has This Been Going On?”
Adkins’ easy-going swagger and sense of humor supports the “stories” portion of his current tour. He told tales of his Grammy nominations, his mother’s campaign for mayor in his Louisiana hometown, and his neighbor’s grudge toward him after he ran over her mailbox while driving a tractor under the influence of alcohol.
Before leaving the Denver stage after his encore, Adkins said, “Take care of yourself. Ain’t nobody else going to do it for you.”
Colleen Smith authored the novel “Glass Halo” — a finalist for the 2010 Santa Fe Literary Prize — and “Laid-Back Skier,” a gift book
Karson Brown is a Denver photographer and a regular contributor to Reverb.