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Trace Adkins Gets Raw And Real

03/17/2017 at 10:55 | Russ Penuell // Freelance Writer
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Raw, real and autobiographical. That’s pretty much the take on Trace Adkins’ new single “Watered Down.”

His record label family is appropriately using phrases like “the truest reflection of his life and career to date” to describe the song, but you don’t have to take their word for it. Trace is happy to tell you himself:

“That’s one of those songs where I smacked myself on the forehead and went, ‘Wow, I should’ve written that!'” Trace says of his first time hearing “Watered Down,” which was penned by Matt Jenkins (Keith Urban’s “Cop Car”), Trevor Rosen (William Michael Morgan’s “I Met A Girl”) and Shane McAnally (Sam Hunt’s Body Like A Back Road”). “It is all autobiographical. It really is … It speaks to my soul.”

 

Consider the song’s soulful lines:

 

We still fly like gypsies

Just a little closer to the ground

And we still love our whiskey

But now it’s just a little watered down

 

Those old ghosts still chase me

But feels like they’re losing ground

Yeah I’m still crazy

But now I’m just a little watered down

 

Trace walks us through the lyric video below. He’ll perform “Watered Down” March 31 on NBC’s Today.

 

 

Russ Penuell lives in Nashville with his girlfriend, three dogs and a lot of music.

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