Trace Adkins - Don't Stop Tour 2019

Superior Equine Presents

Trace Adkins - Don't Stop Tour 2019

High Valley, Laine Hardy

Sep 20 Friday

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Forrest County Multipurpose Center

Hattiesburg, MS

$28.50 - $68.50 / $10 off with Military ID

Trace Adkins
Trace Adkins
A Nashville icon for more than two decades, Trace Adkins has made his mark on the country-music industry. 11 million albums sold. Time-honored hit singles. Momentous, fiery and always memorable live performances. GRAMMY nominations. CMT and ACM awards. Nearly 200 million plays on YouTube. Hell, even a slew of movie and TV roles have come the Grand Ole Opry member’s way. But ask Adkins what’s left to prove in his career and the small-town Louisiana native says it’s simple: the itch remains. To create. To collaborate. To continually feel the excitement that comes after whipping up a new song out of thin air and laying it down to tape. It’s what, after all these years, he says he still craves. “It’s an adrenaline rush and I love it,” says Adkins, who is back in the studio working on a new project via, BBR Music Group/Wheelhouse Records. “There’s nothing else like that,” the Louisiana naive offers. “That is still my favorite thing to do in this business. Go into the studio with just some lyrics and a melody and then let the finest musicians in the world help take it and turn it into something magical. It liberates me. I just dig it!”

Working with some of Nashville’s most respected songwriters, Adkins continues to find ways to connect with his fans through music while recording what he describes as autobiographical songs throughout his career. “Over the years people have asked me ‘How could we get to know you?’ Well, if you really wanted to know who Trace Adkins is go back and listen to the album cuts on the records I’ve done over my career. Those are the songs that reflect where I was in my head at the time I made that record.”

It’s an interesting change of perspective for Adkins, however, when he hits the road for a slew of his now legendary live gigs. Where the studio offers him unique insight into his current state of mind, onstage, when revisiting his classic songs like “You’re Gonna Miss This” or “Every Light in the House” nearly every evening, he says he’s taken back, if only for a brief while, to earlier moments in his life.

“It’s hard to describe, I gotta be honest,” he says of being overcome with emotion and reflection when trotting out some of his time-tested cuts for adoring audiences. “I’ve gotten to the point now where I’ll be onstage singing ‘Every Light In The House Is On’ and I look down at the crowd and realize that person right there wasn’t even alive when I recorded that song.” He laughs. “To watch their face go, Oh, that’s a cool hook, it’s like ‘Oh my god, that’s the first time that person every heard that song!’”

Adkins says he’s profoundly touched that he serves as an inspiration to a younger generation of country artists, much in the way he revered icons like Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard when first moving to Nashville. “I dig it. I want to be in that position,” he says of taking the reigns as an elder statesman of the genre. “I want to be looked at that way. I want those guys to think and know they can walk up to me and ask me anything and know that I’m here for them and I’ll help them however I can. I relish that position.

With one million followers on Spotify and over one billion spins on Pandora (10 million spins per month), the longstanding country icon has yet to lose any of his trademark passion and killer instinct for his craft. The 57-year-old is as fired up as ever to be back on the road this year, taking his music to the fans once again. “I get a kick out of it. I still enjoy the camaraderie, the band of brothers, your crew and your band. I’m an old jock. I like team sports,” he says of a continued passion for touring. “I like it when the new guy is closing for me and we turn it up a notch or two and just absolutely kick his ass. You go out and put a boot in somebody’s ass!”

Ask Adkins where he goes from here and he’ll say it’s quite simple: keep doing what he knows and loves. Performing. Creating. Inspiring. He adores it. And, he adds, he knows so many of his lifelong fans, and new ones to boot, do too. “I’m gonna go out there and find those people,” he says with a laugh of the coming months. “I’m gonna bring a band and turn it up real loud! And we’re gonna have a good time!”
High Valley
High Valley
For two salt-of-the-earth, small-town guys like Brad and Curtis Rempel — the brothers that comprise bluegrass-infected country duo High Valley — little compares to interacting with their fervent fans. Yes, to hear the musicians tell it, their audience has a special way of justifying everything they’ve ever worked for.
“Fans always say, ‘Man! Your records are so upbeat and we can’t help but smile when we listen to them,’” Brad says with a smile. “That’s honestly the greatest compliment anyone could give us. Because we’re not that band that’s gonna be singing these hurtin’ and break-up and cheating songs. That’s not real life for us. There’s a lot of positivity over here.”
It’s hardly a surprise High Valley are feeling so optimistic: following decades of delivering high-octane live shows, first in their native Canada, then in the States and overseas, the two tremendously talented musicians are seeing their musical dreams come into focus like never before. “Really though, I never doubted for a second that it would all work out,” Curtis says of the occasionally painful but always progressive road to the present. “Because,” he adds, “even though it’s taken some time, every year has been than better than the previous one.”
Recently, however, High Valley’s career has shifted into overdrive: following the breakout success of their 2016 debut album, Dear Life, namely highlighted by the Gold-certified singles “Make You Mine” and “She’s With Me,” the duo’s first Top 10 at country radio, the group notched two consecutive ACM nominations for New Vocal Duo or Group. High Valley was soon touring world with artists like Old Dominion and on their own headlining dates. “We’re just so very thankful that our audience is growing,” Brad says with trademark humility.
Still, the band’s colossal progress is unlikely to slow down anytime soon: having been holed up in the studio much of the past year writing and recording their forthcoming second full-length LP, High Valley now return with “Single Man,” the project’s debut single. Most exciting for their ever-expanding fanbase, it marks the first taste of what the future holds for one of country music’s most exciting acts.
“I’ve written probably 100 songs for this new record,” Brad says matter-of-factly, and while nearly all of them are intensely personal affairs, both members of High Valley insist “Single Man” may very well be their most revealing song yet. “I wanted to be brutally honest,” he explains of his motivation for penning a song that, in the process of bounding from a hand-clap aided verse to an anthemic chorus, details how “the lifestyle as a single man on the surface looks amazing. You have a relaxed accountability that comes with this sense of freedom,” and yet true happiness exists at a far more profound level. “Most importantly I wanted to write a song that said, ‘I promise you I wouldn’t be able to find any single man on this planet that if he saw what I had — my wonderful wife and my family — he wouldn’t say, “Dude! Can we please trade places?’”
It’s been a journey for High Valley to arrive at such a blissful moment. They were raised in the isolated Canadian town of Blumenort, Alberta, where contemporary pop music was inaccessible. By age 12, however, having grown up performing in church with family members, Brad says he was already dead-set on his future as a professional musician. “Anybody that knew me at that age would say I was very insane and hardcore about making it work,” he admits with a laugh. High Valley was soon formed, with Curtis’ harmonies and signature mandolin joining Brad on the road. By their early twenties, they’d been consistently gigging more than 100 times per year and slowly refining their signature country-stompin’ sound inspired in by their few sonic influences: the bluegrass bounce of Ricky Skaggs, the blood-harmonies of the Everly Brothers, dashed with a dose of Buck Owens’ traditional country songcraft.
They decamped to Nashville earlier this decade, quickly building a cult following thanks to beloved indie releases like 2014’s County Line EP. By late-2015 they’d landed a deal with Atlantic/Warner Nashville; a few months later “Make You Mine” was burning up the charts.
Curtis recalls playing a gig in Boston circa this time and it was then he realized everything had changed for his band. “We had never played in that city before and the room was packed and they were literally screaming ‘Make You Mine’ back in our faces as loud as they possibly could,” he recalls. “It hit home right then that this was all really happening for us.”
Fast-forward a few years, and with “Single Man” now in the world’s hands as well as a brand new album squarely in their crosshairs, High Valley are nothing short of elated at what the future holds for them. Still, much as always, the musicians remain supremely grateful about where life has taken them. “It’s a special thing to know that the work you put in is a part of so many people’s lives,” Brad says proudly. “That’s a pretty huge gift.”
Venue Information:
Forrest County Multipurpose Center
962 Sullivan Drive
Hattiesburg, MS, 39401