Trace Adkins Goes Gospel With Performance Of “The Wayfaring Stranger”

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Nothing seems to speak to the soul more than a powerful gospel song. One such song is called “Wayfaring Stranger,” and it has become a traditional part of the Western genre as well.

It is thought that “Wayfaring Stranger” originated at some point in the 19th century, and because of its age, its lyrics vary. It has maintained popularity over the years, and the Western Writers of America named it as one of the top 100 Western songs of all time.

The lyrics speak of a lost soul who wanders with sorrow through life. But they always maintain a sense of hope, knowing what awaits them in the kingdom of heaven.

“Yet there’s no sickness, toil nor danger,
In that fair land to which I go.
I’m going there to see my Father.
I’m going there no more to roam.
I’m only going over Jordan.
I’m only going over home.”

Because of its popularity, “Wayfaring Stranger” has been recorded by many artists, though perhaps none have released a more stirring rendition than Trace Adkins. Adkins recorded the song for his 1997 album Big Time, and helped create a new arrangement for it along with Scott Hendricks.

Fast forward to 14 years later, and Adkins took to the stage for a tribute to Johnny Cash hosted at the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Adkins’ deep voice rumbled through the lyrics with an overwhelming amount of passion and soul, which left the audience captivated with every word.

You’re sure to feel the same way once you watch Adkins’ performance in the video below!

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