How do you follow up a phenomenon like “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk?”
By “Swing”-ing for the fences.
At least that’s how country singer Trace Adkins is doing it. He scored big last year with the slightly risqué but good-humored “Badonkadonk.” And while he wasn’t necessarily looking for another “novelty” kind of hit to follow it, Major League Baseball took an early interest in “Swing” — which uses baseball as a metaphor for men trying to pick up women — that was too good to pass up.
“I just felt that whatever came after ‘Honky Tonk Badonkadonk’ was gonna be a sacrifi cial lamb, anyway, so I didn’t worry too much about it,” says Adkins, 44, a Louisiana native who’s celebrating his 10th year as a recording artist.
“I was intrigued about what partnering up with Major League Baseball would be like on a song. I mean, how could you not go with something like that with the kind of juice Major League baseball brings? It’s been a lot of fun and they’re playing it in most ballparks, so I don’t think it was a mistake at all.”
Hardly. “Swing” became his 17th single to hit the Top 20 of the Billboard’s Hot Country songs chart and helped Adkins’ eighth album, “Dangerous Man,” debut at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums survey last month and No. 3 on the Billboard 200. The song also has made his fondness for baseball common knowledge, though these days he hesitates to name a favorite team.
“That’s a tough question anymore,” says Adkins, who lives in Nashville and has fi ve daughters from two marriages. “This business has afforded me the opportunity to get to know a lot of ballplayers and NASCAR drivers and everything else.
“So when people ask me who my favorite is, I hesitate to answer ’cause I know a lot of the guys, and I’ll hear from ’em if I don’t say them or their team, y’know?”
So no World Series predictions?
“Oh, shoot no — not right now, at least. But (the Tigers) very well could. I am excited for y’all.”
Trace Adkins and Blake Shelton perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday (September 10th) at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road north of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $35.50 pavilion, $20 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit
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