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As we crawl to the conclusion of 2017, many people feel battered by what the year has handed to all of us. From scandals, to sexual harassment cases to still shocking events that country fans are still grappling with, it’s been a year that has affected all of us, including country music powerhouse Trace Adkins.




“As for me, it’s been a crazy year of incredible loss,” Trace quietly told Rare Country during a recent interview before a show in Chicago. “I’ve experienced the loss of so many friends.”

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Of course, one of those dear friends was Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry, who was killed in a helicopter accident earlier this year. “[Troy] and Eddie [Montgomery] have been friends of mine since they came out,” Trace recalled. “We did a lot of shows together countless times. [Troy’s death] was something that hit us all hard. It was a double whammy because my heart just broke for Eddie. The agony he was in was heartbreaking, and it reminded me that life is fragile.”

And then the mighty Trace paused for a moment.

“Sometimes I feel like I’m getting rapid punched from every direction in a ring, getting hit on all sides,” continued Trace, who is also now recovering from recent knee replacement surgery. “I honestly don’t know what corner to hide in.”

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We know what you mean, Trace.

“Things just feel like they are coming apart at the seams,” Trace continued, when asked about the effect the administration change in the White House has had on the year. “But you can’t lay it all on [President Trump’s] doorstep. You just can’t.”

Of course, the beauty of Trace is that he always seems to find ways to turn things into a positive. On Nov. 29, he will co-host “America Salutes You and Wall Street Rocks Presents: Guitar Legends for Heroes,” a benefit concert in New York City shining the spotlight on the United States military.

“I’m at this point in my life where I am really taking stock of my life and I’m getting really reflective,” Trace told Rare Country. “Everything now carries a lot more weight.”

Trace Adkins gets emotional over a year of so much loss Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images
Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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