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Granted, Trace Adkins looks like a tough guy. But if you know him, you know he has a heart of gold, and it actually takes a lot to get him mad.

Well, he’s officially mad.

Much like so many other country artists trying to navigate the sometimes slimy side of social media, Trace came to his fans with a plea on Jan. 3 about something he simply couldn’t hold in any longer.

“I can’t believe I’m having to do this,” Trace said in a video on his Twitter page regarding fake social media accounts. “I just want to let you know that there are a lot of imposter accounts on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram pretending to be me. Please do not engage with these people or send them money. I do not communicate personally on those platforms through direct messages and I don’t request followers.” Needless to day, he doesn’t ask fans for money, either.

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Trace went on to explain how he handles social media. “Everything for me is only on my official page on @TraceAdkins,” he continued in the 45-second video. “Make sure to look for the blue checkmark on the profile, as imposter accounts won’t have that check mark.”

And while it seemed as if Trace had handled the situation calmly and perfectly, he did also show a little of that Trace spark that we all love. “One more thing,” he said, looking into the camera at the end. “If you’ve been blocked by me, it’s because I thought you were being mean.”

Well, alrighty then.

It’s the kind of statement that more and more country artists find themselves needing to clarify these days, as an increasing number of fans seem to be falling for the countless imposter accounts out there online right now.

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The message certainly seemed like the perfect way to begin 2018 for Trace, as he prepares for quite a year which will begin with going out on the road with none other than Blake Shelton on the 14-date “Country Music Freaks Tour” alongside artists support acts Brett Eldredge and Carly Pearce.

“[Blake] just called me one day and asked me what I was doing early first quarter next year, and I said that I didn’t have a plan,” Trace told Rare Country during a 2017 interview. “He asked if I could come out for a few shows, and I said, ‘Well, OK’ and that’s the extent of our business conversations. [Blake and I] are just cut from the same cloth,” Trace added. “We both are from small towns and rural areas and would love to be in a hunting lodge rather than a four-star hotel. We just have always hit it off. It’s always been that way.”

The 14-date “Country Music Freaks Tour,” kicks off Feb. 15 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and runs through March 17 in Philadelphia. And we have a feeling that Blake and Trace are going to make this a tour no one will soon forget.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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