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A lot for ladies, and more, to love about Adkins show

August 5, 2014

By Cynthia McCormick, Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.



Aug. 05--HYANNIS -- The joy of country music is that woven among the foot-stomping rockers about hot mamas and love gone wrong are pure gems about the lives of regular folks -- ballads that celebrate everyday life.

During a high-energy performance Sunday at the Cape Cod Melody Tent, Trace Adkins came through on all fronts.

A master showman, Adkins had the crowd in the palm of his hand as soon as he raised his black cowboy hat and strutted onto the revolving stage in cascading beams of light.

For the next 90 minutes, the country-music star delivered love songs, including "Big Time," "Every Light in the House" and, his first single, "There's a Girl in Texas."

He rocked on "I Left Something Turned On At Home" and "Ladies Love Country Boys."

And, boy, did they ever.

Whenever security or ushers looked away, women ran up to the stage to pose as their friends or significant others took forbidden photos with Adkins standing in the background on the stage.

When Adkins caught glimpses of these antics, he grinned.

In his gray goatee, long blond ponytail, jeans and T-shirt Adkins looked plenty sexy. Every once in a while he'd shimmy and reveal his cowboy belt buckle, which pleased the crowd every time.

This is Cape Cod, however, so things didn't get too wild.

Instead of midriff-baring backup singers, Adkins was accompanied by two young women in simple but elegant black dresses.

The six band members who shared the stage with him were at the top of their game -- though a little too loud at times. Sometimes they drowned out the backup singers and even, at moments, Adkins.

The audience whooped it up with Adkins to "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" -- a tribute to a shapely derriÈre -- and lapped up his growly rendition of "Hot Mama."

Punctuating the sass were quieter moments, as when Adkins sang, "You're Gonna Miss This," his musical plea for a young woman to slow down and smell the roses she's rushing past on her way to the next adventure, whether it be turning 18, getting a new house or raising squalling babies.

"You may not know it now," Adkins sang, "But you're gonna miss this."

In "Songs About Me," Adkins -- a former Louisiana oil rig worker -- explains that country music is "about loving and living and good-hearted women and family and God."

Another poignant moment came when Adkins gave a shout-out to the 379th Engineers out of Bourne, currently posted to Afghanistan.

Family members held signs saying they were counting the days until their loved ones came home.

Sarah Keller-Likins, executive director of Military Friends, said her organization and the Cape Cod Melody Tent had arranged for 100 members of military families to attend the concert free of charge.

The show opened with up-and-coming country star Michael Ray charming the audience with his voice and acoustic guitar. Ray also touched the heart with his lyrics, including the words to "Springsteen (The Next Performance)."

"Funny how a melody sounds like a memory," he sang. "Like the soundtrack to July. Saturday night."

Or, he might have sung, "August, Sunday night."

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