Today we take a listen to some new music from an old friend. A former football player at Louisiana Tech, who has had some major changes to his life in the past few years, and is looking forward to recovering some of the success he experienced during the first decade of the 2000s.

Trace Adkins Performs On Fox & Friends' All-American Summer Concert Series
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Trace Adkins helped keep country's traditionalist flame burning during the late '90s, mixing classic honky tonk with elements of gospel, blues, and rock & roll. Atkins has released 10 studio albums along with a pair of greatest hits collections, hitting with 17 top-10 singles, four of which landed at #1. He has suffered some big losses in the past few years, but he has always been the guy who makes it through some terrible storms, coming back stronger for it.

While still a teenager, Adkins was involved in an accident with a school bus while driving his pick-up truck. In the accident, Trace lost part of his nose, and suffered broken ribs. Later, while playing football at Louisiana Tech University, Adkins suffered a career ending knee injury, which let to him working as a pharmacy technician and in the Louisiana oil fields, where he suffered an accident that resulted in a severed pinky on his left hand. The digit was surgically re-attached, resulting in his inability to straighten the finger.

2017 CMA Music Festival - Day 2
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Then there was the time he was shot. By his wife. In 1994 Adkins' second wife shot him, with the bullet going through his heart and both lungs. Most relationships end in heart break, this one ended in a heart wound. No charges were ever filed in the incident.

Adkins was signed by Capitol Records Nashville in 1995, when label executive Scott Hendricks saw him perform at Tillie & Lucy's in Mt. Juliet, TN, signing him on the spot. Adkins would release his debut album, Dreamin' Out Loud, for the label in 1996. Hendricks was introduced to Adkins by Rhonda Forlaw of Arista Records Nashville. Forlaw and Adkins would go on to have a more personal relationship; the two married in 1998.

Adkins would record 8 albums with Capitol Nashville, releasing his first Greatest Hits package in 2003. He would sign with Toby Keith's Showdog-Universal Records Nashville in 2010, releasing 3 album with the label in 4 years. In April in 2015, Trace signed on as the lead artist for Broken Bow Records' new label Wheelhouse Records, releasing a pair of singles in 2016 which met with slow response from country radio and fans. Serving as the lead in for Adkins' new album Something's Going On, released in March, "Watered Down" peaked at #35, his biggest chart success since 2010.

Nashville Songwriters 50th Anniversary - Concert
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Today we have the second single from the album in our spotlight. Brought to you by All American Super Car Wash, Trace Adkins and "Still A Soldier" is today's Catch of the Day, new music you haven't heard, but you'll want to hear it again.

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