Trace Adkins seems like he’s on a hot streak, but to hear him tell the tale, he feels like his career could be over at any time. In a candid new interview, the country star and recent ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ winner expresses doubts about getting radio airplay for his new album, ‘Love Will.’
“I mean, I’m a realist. I look at this career that I’ve had, and it’s been fantastic. It’s been more than I ever could have dreamed or hoped for or wished for,” Adkins tells CMT. “And I may be getting to the end of my competitive run at radio. You what I’m sayin’? And this may be it . . . if they play this one, maybe I’ll stick around a little while.”
The singer says his expectations are different than they were when he was a young artist starting out. “My first album came and went platinum, and I was like, ‘This is gonna be easy,’” he admits. “And it took me a long time to hit that lick again — have one come out and go platinum or double platinum. My expectations are just not what they used to be to start with. Much more realistic now.”
Part of that is because Adkins is at the age where country radio playlists naturally start dropping an artist, and part of it is because his new album reflects a very different musical slant from past efforts. And he says that’s only going to continue, since his next release will also be a dramatic departure from his norm.
“I have a Christmas record coming out this year,” Adkins reveals. “This is the first Christmas record I’ve ever made, and I am so proud of this Christmas record, probably more proud of this than anything that I’ve possibly ever done with the exception of some of those really deep, profound military songs that pay tribute to heroes. But other than that, I think, for my money, this record has more depth than anything — and it’s a Christmas record. I love this record.”
And if it should happen that radio won’t embrace his new approach, Adkins is philosophical about whatever comes next. “I’m just saying we all have our day. And when it comes to an end, you have to have the grace and the dignity to recognize, it’s time — it’s time to move on, maybe go do something else,” he reflects. “I think I’m at that record, you know? I’m prepared for it, I’m ready for it. It doesn’t terrify me. It doesn’t scare me. I’ll just start on another chapter.” (Taste of Country)
A few members of Congress have now gotten involved in the long-running debate over whether the NFL's Washington Redskins should change their name because the word "redskins" is offensive to many Native Americans. Ten congressional lawmakers wrote a letter asking for the name to be changed and sent it to Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Redskins sponsor FedEx and all the other NFL franchises. The letter read, in part, "Native Americans throughout the country consider the "R-word" a racial, derogatory slur akin to the 'N-word' among African-Americans or the 'W-word' among Latinos." Most of the lawmakers who signed the letter are Democrats, but at least one, Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, who's an enrolled member of the Chickasaw nation, is a Republican. Despite their efforts, it's unlikely anything will come of it. Team owner Snyder just told USA Today earlier this month, "We will never change the name of the team."
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Following is a news release Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office sent this morning about the announced investment and expansion of HP Hood dairy plant in Frederick County.
Governor McDonnell Announces $84.6 Million Investment in Frederick County
-- HP Hood makes largest investment by an expanding company in County in 30 years
-- Expansion to create 75 new jobs in Fredrick County
RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that HP Hood, one of the largest branded dairy operators in the United States, will invest $84.6 million in its Frederick County operation. The company will expand the facility to increase ultra-high temperature production capacity, creating 75 new jobs. This project represents the largest investment by an expanding company in Frederick County in 30 years.
Speaking about today's announcement, Governor McDonnell said, "HP Hood established its ultra-high temperature processing plant in Frederick County in 2001 and employed 170 people. The company has invested and grown jobs over the past 13 years, and this major investment will expand production capacity and, with the addition of 75 new jobs, bring total employment at the facility to 500. This expansion further secures the Frederick County operation's standing as the largest plant of its type in the United States. Virginia is honored by this partnership with Hood, and lauds the continued growth of the burgeoning food and beverage industry in the Commonwealth."
"As one of Frederick County's largest manufacturing employers, HP Hood is a tremendous asset to the Commonwealth," said Jim Cheng, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. "An investment of this magnitude is a huge win, and emphasizes Hood's confidence in the business climate and infrastructure available in Frederick County. We look forward to the company's continued success in Virginia."
Founded in 1846 and headquartered in Lynnfield, Massachusetts, Hood is the number-one dairy brand in New England, and Hood's portfolio of national and super-regional brands and franchise products includes Hood, Crowley, Simply Smart Milk, Heluva Good!, LACTAID®, BAILEYS® Coffee Creamers, HERSHEY'S® Milk and Milkshakes and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze® Almondmilk. For more information about Hood, please visit www.Hood.com.
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Frederick County and the Winchester-Frederick County Economic Development Commission. Governor McDonnell approved a $500,000 grant from the Governor's Opportunity Fund to assist Frederick County with the project. The Governor also approved a $1 million performance-based grant from the Virginia Investment Partnership program, an incentive available to existing Virginia companies. Through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance would provide funding and services to support the company's recruitment, training and retraining activities.
"We are proud that HP Hood has selected Frederick County for its most recent expansion and pleased that the expansion will create 75 additional jobs for our community," said Richard Shickle, Chairman of the Frederick County Board of Supervisors. "The fact that the largest plant of its type will be operating in our area is a testament to Frederick County's business environment, our infrastructure capabilities, and the quality and availability of our workforce."
For more about today's announcement, see Thursday's Winchester Star.
A&E has announced a partnership with Hallmark for a line of greeting cards for Father's Day featuring the cast of Duck Dynasty. Beginning on June 3rd, three different cards will be available at select Walmart stores.
According to E! Online, the cards feature the men of the Robertson family -- Willie, Phil, Jase, and Uncle Si along with snappy messages like "Work Hard. Play Hard. Nap Hard." There is no word on whether there are plans to create cards for other occasions.
Duck Dynasty is currently shooting its fourth season. The third season finale was the highest rated show in A&E's history.
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Oh no! A newlywed couple and their 29-person wedding party -- who all posed on a dock at Lake Lanier, Georgia -- fell into the lake when the structure collapsed. The groom, Frank Fearon, said, "The entire wedding party flips 90 degrees and just dumps all of us in the lake, suits, dresses and everything." Most of the party escaped injury-free, but one bridesmaid had a fractured humerus and a dislocated shoulder. (Good Morning America)
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Blake Shelton's "Healing in the Heartland" relief benefit concert happens tonight at 9pm on Q102. The star studded event will include performances by Blake, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan, Usher, Reba, & more!
All proceeds from the concert will support the United Way Fund for the tornado victims of