Trace Adkins stands up for veterans and shares some “pearls of wisdom” with Megyn Kelly YouTube/Today

There are lots of things to love about Trace Adkins. In addition to having one of the most incredible  voices in country music, he’s also a proud American, a loving father, a thoughtful songwriter, a talented actor, and, this man of few words can toss out some zingers that will double us over with laughter.

Trace wasn’t short on words when he appeared on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today” Nov. 28 to promote his upcoming “America Salutes You and Wall Street Rocks Presents: Guitar Legends for Heroes” concert to benefit veterans. That benefit show is set for Nov. 29 in New York City.

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Megyn asked Trace what it was about our nation’s military that has inspired him to work so hard on their behalf, and he thoughtfully replied, “Because they do so much.” He paused, then continued, “I started working with the USO probably 15 years or so ago, and it is probably the most rewarding experience of my life, I think.” The country star is also active with the military charity Wounded Warrior Project, and admits that he tries to help any veterans organization that asks.

“It’s as simple as this,” he said. “If you have an opportunity to associate with heroes, you really should do that.”

Trace also discussed his newest album, “Something’s Going On,” and specifically his favorite song on the project, lead single“Watered Down.” Trace told Megyn, the song “is just facing the fact and saying, ‘Hey, this is the place that I am now in my life. I’m starting to mellow out.’ You get to a certain point where you have to grow up and stop eating boogers at some point.”

And even Trace got a chuckle out of his own comment.

He also revealed to Megyn that he had “a total knee replacement three weeks ago,” then joked, “Things are starting to come apart a little bit.”

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One thing that Trace didn’t water down, though, was his thoughts on celebrities who preach politics, morals and ethics from the stage of awards shows or concerts.

“That kinda bugs me a little bit,” he said. “If I wanted to talk about politics or something like that, I need to do it in the proper venue, which would be here.” He went on to say, “When you win an award or something, I think you ought to go out there and thank the people who put you there, then get off the damn stage.”

And we’re just going to leave that right there.

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