Trace Adkins throws out a competitive dig at Blake Shelton Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 02: Trace Adkins (R) presents honoree Blake Shelton (L) with an award onstage during the 2015 "CMT Artists of the Year" at Schermerhorn Symphony Center on December 2, 2015 in Nashville. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)

Just so everyone understands, country music is big enough for more than one sexy man. Heck, there is room for all of them here.

We are talking to you, Trace Adkins.

Because after his friend and future tour mate Blake Shelton was named “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine in November, Trace is sounding a tad jealous he couldn’t get in on the sexy action, too.

But he does have one up on Blake.

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“Sure, you can be the Sexiest Man Alive @blakeshelton  but you haven’t had Alex Trebek say your name AND Badonkadonk on @Jeopardy,” Trace tweeted out on Dec. 4 along with a clip from the TV game show “Jeopardy” in which a Trace song was the subject of a $1,200 question.

Trace has been spending some extra time on Twitter lately, as the country powerhouse continues to recuperate from recent surgery to replace his knee. His team is saying that he is healing nicely and ahead of schedule. And heck, Trace looked as good as new during his gig co-hosting the recent “America Salutes You and Wall Street Rocks Presents: Guitar Legends for Heroes” benefit concert in New York City, where he appeared with artists such as by Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Orianthi, Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Nancy Wilson (Heart), Sam Moore (Sam and Dave), Lindsay Ell, Robert Randolph and Joe Don Rooney (Rascal Flatts).


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Of course, the event served as a nice warm-up for Trace, who will be joining his buddy on the road in 2018 as part of Blake’s 14-date “Country Music Freaks Tour,” which will also feature artists Brett Eldredge and Carly Pearce. The tour kicks off Feb. 15 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and runs through March 17 in Philadelphia.

“[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 in November. “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. 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.”


Trace’s pal Blake is nominated for Male Artist of the Year, Fan Moment of the Year and Grand Ole Opry Moment of the Year at the Rare Country Awards. You can vote now through Dec. 13 at The winners will be announced during our livestreamed concert event on Dec. 14.

And if he takes home one of those the prizes, don’t be jealous Trace … you will always be one of country music’s sexiest men to us.

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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