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Trace Adkins

TRACE ADKINS

“I’ve got to the point where it’s all up to me now,” says Multi-Platinum Country star Trace Adkins, 25 years into a career filled with bold authenticity and chart-topping smashes.

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Maggie Baugh

MAGGIE BAUGH

With roots from Boca Raton, FL Nashville artist Maggie Baugh started her music career by playing the fiddle on stage with Charlie Daniels when she was 13 years old.

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Ray Scott

RAY SCOTT


The term ‘country music’ may have changed over time, but Ray Scott’s definition of it has not. Whenever you press play on a Ray Scott song, you know exactly what you are going to ge

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Jesse Byers

JESSE BYERS


“Jesse Byers is a raising Country Musician from Florida. Known for his intriguing vocals & warm sound.

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Mike Brooks

MIKE BROOKS

Our COUNTRY CRUISING Emcee/Host, Mike Brooks, brings with him over thirty five years of broadcasting expertise in both Country Music radio and television.

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Trace Adkins

“I’ve got to the point where it’s all up to me now,” says Multi-Platinum Country star Trace Adkins, 25 years into a career filled with bold authenticity and chart-topping smashes. “I can do whatever I want ... and that’s a beautiful place to be.”

In truth, he’s been doing that all along, fusing a booming baritone and commanding stage presence with sounds from all across the Country spectrum – sometimes with a mischievous wink. But on his 13th studio album, The Way I Wanna Go, Adkins takes the idea to heart.

Since his debut in 1996, the larger-than-life star has sold over 11 million albums and charted 20 songs on Billboard’s all genre Hot 100, while catapulting 15 singles into the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. He’s also racked up two billion streams and boasts a reputation for fiery live performance – not to mention his multiple Grammy nominations, awards from the ACM and CMT, and a willingness to think outside the box.

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Now, with 25 all-new tracks to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his Dreamin’ Out Loud debut, Adkins brings it all together. Steeped in the cultural melting-pot of his Louisiana upbringing, The Way I Wanna Go finds him leaning in to a lone-wolf spirit, and continuing down the road which made him a shapeshifting member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Produced by Mickey Jack Cones and Derek George and to be released by Verge Records, it touches on all aspects of Adkins’ hit-making career – from profound traditional balladry to clever-Country party anthems. And with a sound that ranges from timeless twang to beat-driven bravado, it brings a who’s who of unpredictable guests along for the ride.

All-star collaborators include Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Stevie Wonder on harmonica, Snoop Dogg, Pitbull, Keb’ Mo’ and Melissa Etheridge. And Adkins’ creative craftsmanship is sharper than ever.

“I am at the top of my game right now,” he says with conviction. “I’m better at this than I’ve ever been in my life, and I like the way my voice sounds better now than 25 years ago.”

Smooth, rich and dynamic, that iconic vocal shines on the good-old-days anthem, “Heartbreak Song,” and enjoys the fruits of labor in the peaceful “Where I Am Today.” Others like “Careful Girl” showcase Adkins’ rumbling romantic magnetism – made famous with his first No. 1, “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing” – while “Got It Down” stands tall for those who take life by the horns.

Our red-white-and-blue ideals remain intact with “Somewhere In America.” And in “Empty Chair,” Adkins salutes the quiet sacrifice of U.S. service members, tapping the raw emotion that also drove big-picture anthems like “You’re Gonna Miss This.” But the tunesmith also made his name on irreverent knee-slappers, carving a good-timing niche with hits like 2004’s “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” and 2010’s “Hillbilly Bone” (with Blake Shelton).

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Here, he revisits the friendship with Shelton on “If I Was a Woman,” sharing a few laughs with his 2021 tour mate. He weaves a rom-com worthy plot in “It’s a Good Thing I Don’t Drink,” while “Where The Country Girls At” combines the party-starting prowess of Luke Bryan and Pitbull. And in what’s sure to be an instant favorite, “So Do the Neighbors” cranks up the volume with rap legend, Snoop Dogg.

“I just remember it was almost the same reaction to the first time I heard ‘Badonkadonk,’” Adkins says of the hip-hop honky tonker. “It made me laugh out loud!”

Adkins further shares, “Never in a million years would I have imagined that I would collaborate on songs with Luke Bryan, Melissa Etheridge, Snoop Dog, Keb’ Mo’, Pitbull, and Blake Shelton...on one album! I even have a song that Stevie Wonder plays harmonica on. So, to have performances by these iconic superstars, from different musical genres, on my 25th-anniversary album is incredibly humbling.”

But it’s “The Way I Wanna Go” which best shows where he’s at, 25 years into his career and still going strong. Delivered with pride and a sense of against-the-odds determination, Adkins cautions that he’s not done yet – he’s loving this chapter of life too much to quit. But when he does bow out, he’ll do it just like he does everything else. On his own terms.

“I love where I’m at, I really do,” Adkins says. “I’ve had the perfect career, and I don’t know where my place is gonna be when the history of what I did is written. But 90 percent of the time, I said what I wanted to say and stuck to my guns, and did what I wanted to do. ... And I’m gonna go out the way I wanna go out.”

MAGGIE BAUGH

With roots from Boca Raton, FL Nashville artist Maggie Baugh started her music career by playing the fiddle on stage with Charlie Daniels when she was 13 years old. Baugh has over 30 million views on her TikTok series "Finish The Lick". She released her debut album "Dear Me" in October 2023 which gained over 500k streams in its first day. Baugh is a touring musician and has opened for other artists, including Home Free, Luke Combs, Kip Moore. She recently wrapped up her National Vinyl Store Tour sponsored by Taylor Guitars and was announced as part of Tidal's "Rising" Class for 2024. This year, 2024, Maggie is set to go on her First International Tour as well as releasing new music, starting with her latest single “24", with a follow up single and EP to release in the Spring.

Maggie Baugh

RAY SCOTT

The term ‘country music’ may have changed over time, but Ray Scott’s definition of it has not. Whenever you press play on a Ray Scott song, you know exactly what you are going to get: tried-and-true, dyed-in-the-wool, salt of the earth, country music. That’s how the country music traditionalist built his first ten albums and that’s how he’ll build the next ten - which conveniently starts right here.

Billboards and Brake Lights, Ray Scott’s 11th release, is a collection of twelve songs by the North Carolina native that remind real country music fans what it’s like to go on a journey through song. Rooted in his signature traditional sound, Scott straddles the line of growing as an artist and standing on that firm foundation of being exactly the same guy his fans have come to love. Self-effacing, self-aware, and vulnerable and with a humble confidence that stops shy of arrogance, Ray’s methods of storytelling shine brighter than ever before.

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“I just write songs and then see where they fall. With this album, just like some of my older projects, it’s got a lot of songs that were written fairly recently and then it's got a couple that are 10 or 15 years old. I don't really know what the rhyme or reason is. I just always have songs in my back pocket, and they seem to resurface and want to be recorded at certain times. For the new songs, I see an evolution in me for sure, but then again, I've been this same person for a long time.

“I wrote the first single ‘Ripples’ with Tony Mullins five years ago but now was the time to record it. It’s got kind of an almost bluegrassy feel about it which is not something folks are used to hearing, but it was exciting to me. ‘Long Black Cadillac,’ that's an old one people have always liked, and I thought it fit in well with this group.”

This group consists of songs like the album’s title track which paints the stark reality (or is it Ray-ality) of what life on tour is really like while ‘Keeper’ highlights a different kind of peril of the road. It takes a real man to stand strong in the eye of temptation and while most everyone has faltered in that moment at one time or another, Scott’s lyrical masterclass on the art of polite decline is one for the ages.

No stranger to delving into dark and/or intensely personal times and misdoings for song material, the new batch on Billboards and Brake Lights is no different. Even when he didn’t mean to, different life events, such as the recent passing of his parents, make songs like ‘Old Roads and Old Friends’ hit harder and in ways that now cut to the core. Rather than omit those songs from the album, he once again chose to include them knowing full well that for the rest of his life, he’ll have to pour a refresher on the pain when he plays them in concert.

Jesse Byers

“Jesse Byers is a raising Country Musician from Florida. Known for his intriguing vocals & warm sound. He has gained popularity throughout Florida; performing with the Jesse Byers Band, as well as a solo acoustic musician. His hometown presence will captivate you & his sound will entertain you all night. Jesse Byers has plans to release new original music this upcoming year, so keep an eye out for that! Jesse has become a local favorite & has gained so many fans along the way. Performing upwards of 200 shows a year in his hometown in Florida, as well as his new town in Bobcaygeon, Ontario. Jesse Byers is a raising star in many people eyes. You won’t want to miss him!”

Jesse Byers

MIKE BROOKS

Our COUNTRY CRUISING Emcee/Host, Mike Brooks, brings with him over thirty five years of broadcasting expertise in both Country Music radio and television. His world centers around his love for Country Music. Mike is the host of The Mike Brooks & Company Morning Radio Show, heard weekdays from 6am-10am on WLUS 98.3FM in the Raleigh-Durham, NC market (worldwide at www.us983.com). Not only does he currently host a Country Music radio show, but he is also the lead vocalist of The Konnection Band who plays throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. For twelve years in the 90's, Mike was the host of a very popular syndicated Country Music Video television show, "Country Spotlight". During the run of the TV show, Mike spent lots of time interviewing numerous Country Artists including Charlie Daniels, Alan Jackson, Faith Hill, Patty Loveless, John Anderson, Little Texas, Diamond Rio, and more. He has had the pleasure of being the emcee for many local, regional, and national events and was the emcee/host of COUNTRY CRUISING 2019. Mike loves meeting new people so make sure you give him a big ole' FIST BUMP during our cruise!

Mike Brooks

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