While Trace Adkins is known as one of country music's "bad boys," the tall cowboy with the booming voice has a soft heart. No one else brings out the softer side of Trace more than his daughters, which he's made clear through his music, especially one song called "Just Fishin'."
Released in March 2011, "Just Fishin'" is a father's description of a day spent fishing with his daughter. While the daughter thinks they're just having a fun time fishing together, the narrator says that to him, the moment means so much more:
"She ain’t even thinkin' 'bout
What’s really goin' on right now
But I guarantee this memory’s a big'in
And she thinks we’re just fishin'."
The song's touching message resonated strongly with audiences, and it claimed the sixth spot on the Billboard country charts and ninth on the year-end charts. That same year, the song also went on to be nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Song.
Directed by Trey Fanjoy, the music video added a personal touch to Trace's portrayal of the song. Shot on his farm, the video starred Trace and his youngest daughter, Trinity, who can be seen fishing and making precious memories with him in the video.
Including Trinity in the music video made Trace's connection to the song even stronger. You can tell from the way he interacts with his little girl that he fully believes in every word of the song. It's this personal connection that has made this music video one of the most beloved among Trace's fans.
While "Just Fishin'" shows off Trace's softer side, his latest music video explores not one, but two aspects of his personality. Released in January 2016, "Jesus and Jones" deals with the inner battle people face between between the good and bad sides of themselves.
Although Trace didn't write "Jesus and Jones," he's said the song perfectly captures how he's struggled ever since he was a kid to balance out the good and bad aspects of his personality. Once again, it's Trace's personal connection to the song that gives it its power. See for yourself in the song's music video, which you can watch below.
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