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When we hear our favorite country stars belting out patriotic songs like the “God Bless the U.S.A.” or the national anthem, it’s impossible to not feel like a proud country music fan. So, when Trace Adkins stood in front of the United States Capitol to sing on the 2017 edition of PBS’ “A Capitol Fourth,” that pride was accompanied by some major goose bumps like only Trace can raise.

With a beautiful pink sky providing a backdrop, and flanked by members of the armed services, the patriotic singer performed “Still a Soldier” from his 2017 album, “Something’s Going On.” With lyrics that applaud the lifelong commitment of those who fight for our safety and freedom, Trace effortlessly delivered the song while video of military veterans flashed in the background.


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Cue tears.

Of course, we all know that Trace is one of the most compelling vocalists in country music, but what some fans may not know is that he’s also a history and military buff. A walking encyclopedia of United States history, the handsome hunk has collected Civil War memorabilia for years, but lost much of it in a house fire in 2011.

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While Trace has appeared in a number of western cowboy movies, he has yet to take a role in a historical war film. He does have a starring role in the new movie based on the life and adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, and next year he’ll appear in “I Can Only Imagine,” a movie based on the song of the same name from Christian band MercyMe.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development in the past. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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