CLEARWATER - Trace Adkins released The King’s Gift, a Christmas album of Celtic carols, Oct. 29, before embarking on The Christmas Show Tour, a reverent theatrical and musical production for the whole family. The tour makes an exclusive stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 8 p.m.
The King's Gift (“Tiodhlac An Righ” in Gaelic) pays tribute to an ancient genre and transports the listener to a time of mystery and valor. Last Christmas, Trace’s Celtic version of We Three Kings was released and will be featured on his upcoming album. The track can be heard at www.TraceAdkins.com.
Esteemed guests join Adkins on his first-ever holiday album since his platinum debut 16 years ago. Guests include renowned Irish ensemble The Chieftains, Scottish vocalist Alyth McCormack, British folk/pop star Emma Stevens, multi-award-winning family group The Isaacs, Kevin Costner and daughter Lily Costner and legendary drummer Kenny Aronoff. The keyboards, acoustic, steel and bass guitars of American folk music harmonize with the Weissenborn, mandolin, uilleann pipes, penny whistle, violin, viola, cello, harp and organ.
The Christmas Show Tour begins a new Adkins holiday tradition for years to come. Envisioned as a theatrical production, Trace will alternate between fireside storytelling of anecdotes (both personal and historical) and performances of classic carols with a 12-piece ensemble – a quartet string section, female vocalists, and a range of traditional instruments.
The tour is inspired by Adkins’ annual hosting duties at Disney World’s Candlelight Processional, where his deep baritone narrates Christmas stories while a full choir and orchestra performs. It has always been a highlight of Trace’s year and he is thrilled to bring his own unique version of this concept on tour.
Reserved tickets priced at $47.50, $61.50 and $87.50 are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, by calling 727-791-7400 and online at www.RuthEckerdHall.com 24/7.
Convenient pre-show dining priced at $20 is available before the performance. For reservations and more information, patrons are encouraged to contact the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office.
About Trace Adkins
Trace Adkins’ trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts and sold more than 10 million albums, cumulatively. His hit list includes You're Gonna Miss This, Ladies Love Country Boys, Songs About Me, Every Light In The House, Hillbilly Bone (Blake Shelton & Trace Adkins), and Just Fishin’, to name a few. The GRAMMY®-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry is a TV personality, actor, author, spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Program and the American Red Cross, for whom he raised more than $1.5 million dollars as winner of NBC’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. In recent years, Adkins has performed seven USO Tours.
In his 2007 autobiography, A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck, the former oil rigger recounted his rise to fame, brushes with death, and battles with personal demons. Trace played a tough as nails biker in The Lincoln Lawyer (starring Matthew McConaughey), he developed and hosted GAC’s Great American Heroes honoring every-day heroes and he has hosted the American Country Awards on FOX for three consecutive years.
In 2011, Trace’s album, Proud To Be Here debuted atop the Billboard Country Chart and his eleventh studio album, Love Will…, was released in May 2013 on Show Dog-Universal Music. His album of Celtic-infused Christmas carols, The King’s Gift, was released Oct. 29.