Adkins proclaims he's "Proud to Be Here"
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Adkins proclaims he's "Proud to Be Here"

Monday, June 13, 2011 – Trace Adkins's next disc will find him "Proud to Be Here." That's the title of his Show Dog-Universal Music disc coming out Aug. 2.

Atkins made the announcement on Saturday night during Adkins' 13th consecutive CMA Music Festival performance at LP Field in Nashville. The album contains 10 tracks with an additional 4 tracks appearing on the Deluxe Edition. The Deluxe Edition will be available for presale on iTunes on July 12.

"'Proud To Be Here' was chosen as the album title some weeks ago because it's how I've felt ever since my first album release and during every milestone since," said Atkins. "The title song could have been based on my life, and it's about narrow escapes and the grace that guides you through. Obviously, now after the fire, 'Proud To Be Here' takes on an even greater significance. Once again, I've been blessed' and everyone is safe. I don't even want to think what could've been had it started at 3 a.m. instead of 3 p.m," said Atkins, referring to the recent fire that gutted his house with his family at home.

Recorded this spring, the album was produced by Kenny Beard and Mark Wright. The Deluxe Edition includes Adkins and Blake Shelton on a response song, If I Was a Woman, co-written by Adkins, Beard, Sherrie Austin and Jeff Bates.

Adkins' co-writing is more prominent on "Proud to Be Here" than on previous releases. Lead single, Just Fishin'(Beathard, Monty Criswell, Ed Hill) was produced by Michael Knox and is a father's tender tribute to his daughter.

Songs on the CD are:

1. Proud To Be Here (Chris Wallin, Aaron Barker, Ira Dean)
2. Million Dollar View (David Lee Murphy, George Teren)
3. Days Like This (Trace Adkins, Casey Beathard, Kenny Beard)
4. That's What You Get (Rivers Rutherford, Aly Cutter, Kenny Beard)
5. Just Fishin' (Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell, Ed Hill)
6. It's A Woman Thang (Craig Wiseman, Jim Collins)
7. Love Buzz (Casey Beathard, Kendall Marvel)
8. It's Who You Know (Rivers Rutherford, Wendell Mobley, Kenny Beard)
9. Poor Folks (Ray Scott, Phillip Moore)
10. Always Gonna Be That Way (Dallas Davidson, Chris Tompkins)

The deluxe edition includes:

11. Damn You Bubba (Chris Wallin, Bruce Wallace)
12. More Of Us (Casey Beathard, Phil O'Donnell)
13. If I Was A Woman featuring Blake Shelton courtesy of Warner (Adkins, Sherrie Austin, Jeff Bates, Kenny Beard)
14. Semper Fi (Trace Adkins, Kenny Beard, Monty Criswell)


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