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Trace Adkins has performed his hit song “Arlington” dozens of times. But whenever he steps up on stage to sing the emotional song, he gives every word his all.
Released in 2005, “Arlington” was the second single off of Adkins’ album Songs About Me. The song quickly won over the hearts of country fans, and climbed all the way to the second spot on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart. It has been a staple of many of Adkins’ performances ever since.
One performance of “Arlington” stands out above all the others because of how compelling it was. Performing during PBS’s Memorial Day special in Washington D.C. in 2016, Adkins was right next to the song’s namesake location. We’re sure that fact was weighing heavy on his mind as he sang, honoring all those who found their final resting place in that sacred ground.
Taking off his hat as a show of respect, Adkins’ eyes welled with tears as he sang about our fallen heroes and the sacrifice they made. Adkins always pours his heart into “Arlington,” but something about this performance was different.
It’s as if he understood the weight of the occasion, and that ended up giving him the push to put forth what we consider to be one of the best performances of his career. See his riveting Memorial Day performance of “Arlington” in the video below.
Staying true to his history of honoring our country through song, Adkins has a tribute to the American soldier on his new album, Something’s Going On. Called “Still a Soldier,” the song shows how veterans will always feel like “soldiers,” even as they return to everyday life.
You can tune in below to catch the patriotic-themed lyric video for “Still a Soldier.” If you like what you hear, be sure to check out the rest of Somethings Going On by downloading a copy of the album here.
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