It's hard to imagine a time that Trace Adkins wasn't the major country star he is today. But back in 1996, Adkins had just released his debut album, Dreamin' Out Loud. From the get-go Adkins found himself in the center of the country music spotlight, largely due to the success of his debut single, "There's a Girl in Texas."
Co-written by Adkins and Vip Vipperman, "There's a Girl in Texas" is from the view of a man who left home to chase his dream of becoming a country music singer. As he heads off to Nashville, he finds himself missing the home and the girl he left behind.
The message of the song is strengthened through the music video, which shows Adkins' character leaving his girl in Texas while he drives to Nashville to pursue his singing career. Night after night he plays in a little dive bar, and he starts to feel like his dream isn't quite what he hoped for. Then he sings, "Not sure I know who I am anymore... but/There's a girl in Texas...that does."
Despite being homesick and in need of some company, the narrator doesn't turn to a girl who expresses interest in him at the bar. Instead, he stays true to his girl back home, as he remembers that no one else can own his heart but her. Since she is the one with his heart, that is where he knows his home will always be.
The success Adkins experienced following the release of "There's a Girl in Texas" has only continued to build over the years, making him one of the biggest stars in country music today. You can check out the music video for the song that started it all for Adkins below.
Over 20 years after "There's a Girl in Texas," Adkins has won over the hearts of country fans again with his newest release "Watered Down." Told from the perspective of a man looking back on his more rebellious days, he realizes that he still has a bit of that wild streak in him.
We couldn't think of a song that sounds more like Adkins if we tried. If you'd like to check it out, you can catch its lyric video below. You can also get the song by pre-ordering Adkins' upcoming album Something's Going On at this link.
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