Trace Adkins made a splash on Monday night (Oct. 16) when he sang the national anthem at the Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts game and performed his new single, “Still a Soldier,” atop the scoreboard at Nissan Stadium during halftime.
“Anytime I get asked to sing the national anthem I look at is a huge honor and a responsibility to do the very best that I can do,” Trace told WKRN news before the performance. “I try to sing it with as much reverence and conviction as I can possibly muster.”
The new tune, written by Phil O’Donnell and Wade Kirby, is featured on Trace’s twelfth studio album Something’s Going On, along with previous singles “Jesus and Jones,” “Lit” and “Watered Down.” In “Still a Soldier” Trace sings about a U.S. veteran who is living as a civilian, but still has strong ties to his life in the service.
“He’ll sleep in on Saturday / Cut the grass if it don’t rain / After church he’ll watch the game / And have a beer or two / He’ll stand up / When he hears the anthem / And that won’t ever change,” Trace sings. “He’s still a soldier / His blood runs red, white and blue / He put away his gun and boots / But he still believes / The American dream / ’til his last breath he’ll always be / a soldier / he’s still a soldier.”
Trace, who is a proud supporter of the U.S. military, has performed for our service men and women across 12 USO Tours.
“Still a Soldier” will be released to radio on Nov. 11.
Photos by Donn Jones