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Trace Adkins Revisits Rough Neck Job on Oil Rig on ‘Day Jobs’

Trace Adkins
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On the new GAC series ‘Day Jobs,’ country stars revisit their roots and explore the gigs they toiled at before they were famous. Tougher-than-leather country star Trace Adkins was the first guinea pig, so to speak. He was the featured subject of the debut episode, returning to his former job as a laborer on an off-shore oil rig. Adkins is known for his masculine persona, so it’s no shock that he once worked such a physically taxing job. However, the singer was adamant about the fact that being a rough neck on an oil rig defines him much more so than his job as a musician.

“I would still be here if I hadn’t made it in the music business,” Adkins said in the episode. “That’s the only thing I know how to do — poke holes in the ground. I loved it.” Adkins wasn’t just working on oil rigs because he needed to; he wanted to.

He also proudly proclaimed that he is still a rough neck, which requires “a machismo quotient” — those were his actual words! Trace, you certainly boast a potent and impressive machismo quotient, at the oil rig and on the stage.

The episode was actually educational, if you care about or are keenly interested in the inner workings and mechanics of an oil rig. You see the workers dealing with mud pumps and stifling heat, while Adkins is onsite, getting his hands dirty while wearing a hard hat and overalls. His co-workers praised him for his understanding of the technical aspect of the oil rig.

Adkins was also quite a brave colleague, a true man’s man who often volunteered to offer an assist in dangerous situations. While he is thankful for his current (and enviable) job as an entertainer, he declared, “I am not defined by what I do now. ‘Rough neck’ defines me good. What I do now is a hobby that got way out of control and turned into my career, but what served me better than anything was taking the work ethic I learned out here and applied it to that.”

With Trace Adkins, there is no such thing as manual labor.

Watch a Preview of the Trace Adkins ‘Day Jobs’ Episode

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