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Trace Adkins, ‘Jesus and Jones’ [Listen]

Jesus and Jones
Wheelhouse Records

Trace Adkins recognizes the angel and the devil on his shoulder during “Jesus and Jones,” the first single from an upcoming debut on Wheelhouse Records. The big country rocker is a forceful blast of new and traditional country music ideas that Adkins wrestles like an alligator.

Even more powerful than Mickey Jack Cones’ guitar-heavy instrumentation is Adkins’ muscular vocals. Once again he proves he’s in control, despite what you may have heard. Tyler Farr helped write “Jesus and Jones,” a lyric so strong and marketable you wonder why he didn’t keep it for himself.

“When I’m up on the wagon I’m a hell of a saint / But I’ll be damned if there ain’t another town to paint / Just down the road man it’s a game that I can’t win,” the 2016 Country Jam Colorado performer sings without the slightest sense of wink, wink. He then explodes through the chorus:

“I need to find a little middle ground / Between let her rip and settling down / But I go from dry to drowned, lost to found / Stone cold sober to just plain stoned / Trying to live like my heroes did / Is the hardest kind of livin’ there is / Been a tug o’ war since I was a kid between Jesus and Jones.”

Adkins’ return hardly comes hat in hand. Physically and sonically he’s a leaner version of the singer that returned to rehab in 2014, but no less aggressive. With “Jesus and Jones” he’s doubled-down on roughneck with no promises that he won’t cross that line again.

Why Fans Will Love It: “Jesus and Jones” is the right song for the right artist at the right time. It’s very real.

Key LyricsI Wish I could find a gear between / “White Lightning” and John 3:16 / But girl I can’t promise anything right now.”

Did You Know?: Co-writer Jim McCormick has helped write many songs, including Jason Aldean’s “Take a Little RIde.”

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