It is a big night as Trace Adkins will be celebrating his 15th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
The Grand Ole Opry stage holds many fond memories for Trace Adkins, beginning with his 1996 debut performance. In 2003, the 6'6" singer was invited to join the Opry by 4'11" veteran Little Jimmy Dickens, who stood on a stepladder to ask him fact to face. Later that same year, one of Adkins' heroes, fellow Opry member Ronnie Milsap, welcomed him into the family.
Country music fans first embraced Trace's rich, resonant baritone nearly two decades ago. His lengthy list of hits includes "(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing," "Every Light in the House Is On," "Then They Do," "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," "You're Gonna Miss This" and "Just Fishin'".
Trace grew up in Sarepta, La. and developed an interest in music when his father taught him to play guitar. During his school, he joined a gospel group called the New Commitments. He spent time working on an oil rig before moving to Nashville to pursue a career in country music. After a record executive saw Adkins playing at a small club just outside of Nashville, he was soon signed to his first record deal.
Trace, who has worked as a spokesperson for the Wounded Warrior Program, is well known for his staunch support of the U.S. military. He has performed for troops in Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In 2007, he was honored with the USO Merit Award in recognition of his dedication to assisting others through charitable works. In 2007, Random House published his autobiography, "A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck."
In 2008, Trace expanded his fan base beyond the country audience when he finished second on Celebrity Apprentice. Because his daughter Brianna has severe food allergies, he used the time on the show to raise money and awareness for the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. Trace won All-Star Celebrity Apprentice in 2013, raising money for the American Red Cross. He's also acted in several films including An American Carol, The Lincoln Lawyer and The Virginian.
Joining Trace on Tuesday night for two shows will be Opry members Vince Gill and Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry.
7:00: Vince Gill; Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry; Dillon Carmichael
8:00: Exile; Dustin Lynch; Trace Adkins
9:30: Vince Gill; Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry; Dillon Carmichael
10:30: Exile; Dustin Lynch; Trace Adkins
Congratulations to Trace, who is another of those members who joined in the past several decades that has honored his commitment to the Opry and who understands what being an Opry member is all about.