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Tracy Darrell "Trace" Adkins (born January 13, 1962) is an American country music singer from Sarepta, Louisiana. Some of his hits include "Rough and Ready", "Arlington", "Every Light in the House is On", "Hot Mama", "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk", and "Swing."

Adkins learned to play the guitar at an early age and eventually came to work at an oil rig. He lost part of a finger on his left hand in an industrial accident, however, it was reattached. . Adkins began playing music as part of The New Commitments, then moved on to playing in honky tonk bars in the early 1990s. After gaining some fame, he moved to Nashville and signed to Capitol Records.

Adkins pled guilty to a drunk driving charge during 1996, and in 2004 he supported George W. Bush's re-election campaign, performing at the Republican National Convention.

His debut was 1996's Dreamin' Out Loud, which included a number of hits like "(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing" and "Every Light in the House". The follow-up, Big Time, however, saw meager sales in comparison to Dreamin' Out Loud. 1999's More was similarly disappointed, but his fourth album, 2001's Chrome yielded a top-ten hit in "I'm Tryin'", and, in 2003, Greatest Hits Collection, Vol.1 did the same with "Then They Do".

His recent video for "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" demonstrates the recent cross-pollination between the crunk hip hop and pop country genres. The term badonkadonk itself is a fairly new entrant to Country Music Television, showing up much more often on Black Entertainment Television. In the music video, Adkins opts out of the more traditional background of farm equipment for a club scene with scantly clad dancing girls, but rather than drinking Hpnotiq and Hennessy, he and his friends consume low-end domestic beer.

The juxtaposition of cowboy hats and jewelry exemplifies the radical trajectory that Adkins' work has taken over the past decade.

Adkins sang the national anthem for Game 3 of the 2006 World Series on October 24, 2006.
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