'Swing' For The Fences
Trace Adkins hit a home run with last year's "ditty" song "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," and he returns to that style again on "Swing," which utilizes baseball lingo to rate barroom pickup lines.Trace Adkins hit a home run with last year's "ditty" song "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," and he returns to that style again on "Swing," which utilizes baseball lingo to rate barroom pickup lines.
Adkins related to the message of the song, written by Chris Stapleton and Frank Rogers. "I liked what it was saying [about] how women are in control of the whole game and we're constantly striking out and just trying to get on base," he says.
"Swing" is the first single from "Dangerous Man," due this week via Capitol. It's his eighth album, including a 2003 greatest-hits set, and comes on the heels of last year's "Songs About Me," which has sold 1.5 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
While the label would normally not have released another "ditty" single on the heels of "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," Capitol Nashville senior VP of marketing Fletcher Foster says the label wanted to take advantage of the timing of "Swing" going into baseball season. Country radio has largely embraced the single, which is No. 21 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart this issue.