Trace Adkins was born on January 13, 1962 in Sarepta, Louisiana. He was born to Aaron Adkins and Peggy Carraway. His grandfather on his mom’s side was a Christian musician and in high school, Trace was part of his church’s gospel singing group. It is easy to see that his grandfather was an early inspiration for him. He now admits that he admires Merle Haggard and Ronnie Milsap, while rocking out to bands like Journeythe Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd. He graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a degree in petroleum technology.

Trace debuted in 1996 with his album titled Dreamin’ Out Loud. He has had three songs that went to number one, “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing“, “Ladies Love Country Boys“, and “You’re Gonna Miss This“. They were oat number one in 1997, 2007 and 2008, respectively. He admits that the worst time he ever played was at a wedding reception, no wonder he is such a success with tens of thousands of fans at a time. He has also played a number of times for our troops, including in 2002 aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. For more information on Trace Adkins, click here.

The songs that I like most and speak about aspirations I have for my future are “You’re Gonna Miss This” and “Just Fishin’”. Also, another favorite of mine that he is in is “Hillbilly Bone”, a duet with Blake Shelton. To read more about this song click here, and to view his YouTube channel click here.

“You’re Gonna Miss This” — Trace sings about a woman who goes from high school to married with two kids. Each time however, she wishes that she was in a different part of her life. For instance, the first time she “can’t wait to turn 18” so that she can make her own money and rules. The second time, she is newly married, and starts talking about buying a house and having kids. Each time, Trace reverts to the chorus, singing “you’re going to miss this/you’re going to want this back/you’re going to wish these days/hadn’t gone by so fast/these are some good times/so take a good look around/you may not know it now/but you’re going to miss this.” I agree that we all miss things that we used to have and miss how things used to be. I mean I honestly miss being a freshman and being able to live through my four years of college. In the future, I want to remember not to take things too fast and enjoy them while I can. To see the video for this song, go here.

“Just Fishin’” — When this song was first thought up, it was supposed to be a father playing catch with his son, however when Trace got to it, he turned it into a father fishing with his daughter, something he was familiar with. Trace sings about the time spent between the father and his daughter, and how the father feels during that time. He states that “all this laughin’, cryin’, smilin’ dyin’ here inside’s/what I call, livin’”. And the thing is that the daughter simply thinks they are out fishing as the father realizes the memories that they are making. I would say that most of us want children in the future, and in that time I want this kind of an experience, where my child may only think that we are doing one thing, when what we are actually doing is spending quality time together and making lasting memories. You can see the music video for this song below.

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I am a senior at Seton Hall University, majoring in Public Relations.

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