Trace Adkins Can't Please Everybody

Trace Adkins performs April 10, 2006 in Nashville, Tenn.
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Everyone suffers at a Trace Adkins show.

The singer says he's noticed two camps at his concerts: fans of his older, traditional country stuff like "Every Light in the House" and those of his recent high-octane hits like "Honkytonk Badonkadonk."

"You've got the Every Lighters, and you've got the Badonkadonkers. And they don't really like each other because the Badonkadonkers are up in front of them dancing," Adkins says in his deep Louisiana drawl.

"I tell the Badonkadonkers sometimes right up front, 'Look, I know what you came to hear and you're going to have to suffer through 60 minutes of country music before I give it to you.' So the Badonkadonkers have to suffer, and the Every Lighters have to suffer."

After 10 years, Adkins has something for everyone, from the poignant to the rowdy to the hilarious.

His latest album, "Dangerous Man," out Tuesday, finds him stretching out a little more with "Ain't No Woman Like You," a smooth R&B-groove with Memphis-style horns and Al Green beats.

Other songs like "Swing," "Ride" and the title cut are in the vein of the fun, hard-charging anthems that have come to define his sound. The guitars are loud, the beats heavy and Adkins' voice a growling rumble.

"Swing" is an extended baseball analogy about a couple of guys slinging pickup lines at a bar — and not always connecting with the ladies. Major League Baseball used it on its Web site.

The 44-year-old ex-oil field roughneck could pass for a power hitter himself. He plops down in a chair that seems too small for his 6-foot-6 frame. A fresh pot of coffee sits on the table in front of him, and he fills a mug the size of a small soup bowl.

His new album follows a career spike with "Honkytonk Badonkadonk." The risqué lyrics celebrate the female figure — a recurring theme for Adkins.

"I'm baffled from time to time to hear his content and see how much women respond to it," said Ron Brooks, program director for WNOE in New Orleans. "I guess it shows how much I know about the opposite sex."