Central New York was recently honored to kick off their holiday season with a very special guest, Trace Adkins, who is currently touring and promoting his new Christmas album ,The King’s Gift. The Stanley Center for the Performing Arts was honored to be on the list of venues he is visiting during this tour.
Trace, best known as an award winning country performer and the winner of the All Star Celebrity Apprentice, surprised fan club members and special guests with a special pre-performance and question and answer session. With his wit and down to earth mannerisms, he answered questions, shared stories of his family and spoke of his projects and past events as though he was just like ordinary folk. However, once the show began, it was apparent just how much of a superstar this man was and how respected and loved he is by his fellow bandmates and audiences all over the world.
The setting for the show looked as though it was straight out of a Currier and Ives Christmas card. Trace entered bearing gifts and throughout the night shared not only his musical renditions of popular Christmas tunes, but also the history behind each tune. The Celtic flavor of the night added a special uniqueness to the music appreciated by the audience, and his rendition of “We Three Ships” with the Celtic intro by Andrea Zohn was one of the most impressive renditions of the tune ever sung. Traveling with some of the most talented musicians, audiences are also being treated to an introduction of up and coming musician Lily Costner whose angelic voice together with Trace’s bass blends so beautifully on numbers such as “Silent Night”.
With a night filled with music, humor, and nostalgia, Central New York thanked Trace Adkins and for making a stop at The Stanley and kicking off the Christmas season.