A lot has happened since Trace Adkins last performed at WIOV’s Turkey Hill Fallfest.
Since Adkins performed at the annual concert in 2002, he’s released hits like “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” appeared on two seasons of “Celebrity Apprentice” and voiced a character on the animated television show “King of the Hill.”
Adkins will headline Fallfest on Sunday at Overlook Community Campus.
“He’s an artist, I think, that can relate to all genres, both young and old,” says Rich Creeger, WIOV program director.
We caught up with Adkins via email about his experience with President Donald Trump, his passion for the military and more.
You’ve enjoyed a long and successful career in music. Is there anything you wish you knew when you started?
How much patience is required! Nothing moves very quickly in this industry.
You appeared on “Celebrity Apprentice” in 2008 when President Donald Trump was host and won “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” in 2013. What was your experience like working with Trump?
He always treated me respectfully, and I enjoyed my time with him. I always tell people that he is exactly as you think he would be!
You’ve been passionate about supporting military throughout your career. What’s your favorite thing about working with USO Tours, the Wounded Warrior Project and similar organizations?
It’s a selfish endeavor on my part. I believe if you have the opportunity to get to know or be associated with heroes then you should do that as often as possible.
Your appreciation for the military is reflected again in “Still a Soldier” on your latest album, “Something’s Going On.” What do you love about that song?
I have had the distinct honor of meeting many of the men and women who have served our country. They loathe war but if asked to do so, they would get on the first plane to whatever hot spot where they are needed.
Which of the songs from your latest album, “Something’s Going On,” is your favorite to perform live?
“Still a Soldier.” Mostly because it speaks about the heart of a warrior but there is also a line in the song that is very timely as we watch the protests occurring around our national anthem.
You recently took part in a memorial ceremony for Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry. Do you have any special memories of him?
I had the pleasure of touring with Troy (Gentry) and Eddie (Montgomery) in 2005 and our paths have crossed many times since then. My best memory of Troy is that he was a good and decent man.
What keeps you driven to continue recording new music and embarking on tours?
Being trapped in a studio with some of the greatest musicians in the world, recording songs written by some of the greatest songwriters in the world is not a bad way to make a living! To be at square one of the creation process and then playing new music at a live show never gets old. In addition, I think I have the best fans in the world. As long as they keep buying tickets to my show then I will keep showing up.