Remarking that it seemed easy the first time around, Trace Adkins collected a plaque for his second platinum album at a luncheon his label, Capitol Nashville, held for industry and friends Wednesday (Feb. 23) at Nashville's Rocketown.
Noting that the award for Comin' On Strong came eight years after his debut album Dreamin' Out Loud sold platinum, Adkins said, "I thought it was easy. ... It's eight years and five albums later. The first album was special, but this one is more special, because now I know how hard everyone has worked to get this to happen, so that a journeyman can have a shot at the title. It's a testament to the dedication and perseverance of some people who stuck by me. We were on the bubble for a long time there -- maybe we would continue with it and maybe not."
In presenting the platinum award to Adkins, Capitol Nashville president and CEO Mike Dungan flatly pointed out Adkins' importance to the label.
"This shows how significant a player Trace Adkins is in the worlds of radio, record sales and performance," Dungan said. "As goes Trace's career, so goes Capitol. He's one of the rocks on which we re-launched this label."
In a three-song performance after lunch, Adkins previewed a new song from his upcoming album. That song, "Arlington" by Nashville songwriters Jeremy Spillman, is a poignant tale told from the viewpoint of a soldier who is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. It is based on the story of a Nashville car salesman, whose son was killed in Iraq in 2003.
"I went to meet that man," said Adkins, "because I wanted his blessing before I recorded it, and I wanted to let him know that his son was the inspiration for this song. This is not a war song, and it has nothing to do with politics. This is a true story. I've been waiting for years for a song like this."
Adkins closed his set with his current single, "Songs About Me," which he said "explains why we're taking the CMA [Awards show] to New York City this fall. It oughta kick that show off."