Trace Adkins - "Just Fishin'"
By: Matt Bjorke
“Brown Chicken Brown Cow” was always going to be a polarizing single. But the mere fact that just as it was gaining momentum at radio and was moving units of the album Cowboy’s Back In Town, it was easy to figure that Trace Adkins was going to continue to promote that single. So, it came as a surprise that in early March, at the Country Radio Seminar with most of the tastemakers at country radio in the room, Trace thanked (paraphrasing) ‘those willing to go on this journey with’ him while then stating ‘to the rest of you, can I have a mulligan?’ And then said he’d be sending a new single shortly.
Well…That day is here with “Just Fishin’.” This single, which was written by Casey Beathard, Montry Criswell and Ed Hill, finds Trace comfortably back in father mode as he sings a song about making life-long memories with his daughter. There are specific scenes in the song like where she’s more in tune with her ballet slippers and how they look than the life-long memory being made with her dad but her daddy knows what it all means and how they will look fondly on the times spent together.
This single is very much in-line with the classic songs from his recent past like “Then They Do,” “You’re Gonna Miss This” and well, it’s right in Trace’s sweet spot musically. It’s what most fans have come to expect from him but at the same time it’s the kind of family-man song that Trace Adkins does best. It’s sweet, chock full of wisdom and is guaranteed to be enjoyed by a lot more people than “Brown Chicken Brown Cow” or many of Trace Adkins’ other swaggering and muscular tunes that were the bulk of the tunes that made up Cowboy’s Back In Town.
With the relatable lyric and accessible melody, “Just FIshin’” is a spectacular reminder of how great a vocalist Trace Adkins really is and it shows that beneath that gruff, manly exterior is a father who has a soft spot for the women in his life and is more than happy to sing about ‘em.
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