Darrell "Trace" Adkins was born
in Springhill, La. He first began performing with a gospel quartet while
still attending high school in the nearby town of
He continued to sing gospel throughout his years at Louisiana Tech
University, where he studied petroleum technology. After working on an oil
rig for a few years after leaving school, he embarked on what he calls his
"true musical education" -- playing one honky-tonk after another. While
singing at Tillie's & Lucy's Pub in
Adkins was spotted by a Capitol Records executive and was signed to the
singles steadily climbed the charts, and 1997's "(This Ain't) No Thinkin'
Thing" became his first No. 1 hit. After enduring a label shake-up at
Capitol in the late 1990s, the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Adkins resurfaced with
the Top 10 hits "More" in 2000, "I'm Tryin'" in 2001 and "Chrome" in 2003.
released his Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 in 2003, a few months before being
inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. He also checked himself into a
rehabilitation center for a drinking problem, and concluded the year by
releasing the studio album Comin' On Strong.
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