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Trace Adkins

'Strong' Stuff

TraceWith the deep baritone of a soothing storyteller, Trace Adkins this week delivers his fifth Capitol studio effort, "Comin' on Strong." But despite the inherent gentle tone of his voice, Adkins hopes fans will take notice of what he has to say this time around.

"I don't think it should come with an 'illicit' sticker or anything, but it's an adult album. It's not for kids," says Adkins, referring to first single "Hot Mama," which addresses a man's appreciation for his wife's looks. "I had more fun making this album probably than any other album I've made before. It's definitely my most mature."

Adkins recounts the lonely, bruised, weather-beaten days that he spent as an offshore oil hand in the Gulf of Mexico with "Missing You." After six years on the job, he won a regional battle of the bands contest in Dallas and went on to tour the honky-tonk bars of Texas. "That's how I got my feet wet," Adkins says. "Then it got in my blood, and I couldn't get away from it."

Reunited with Scott Hendricks, who produced Adkins' first two sets for Capitol, the album comes just four months after the success of Adkins' "Greatest Hits Collection, Volume I," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and produced the top-10 single "Then They Do."