Staff Report

Trace Adkins, the cowboy with the baritone voice and a talent for getting people off their barstools and dancing to hits including “Honkytonk Badonkadonk,” is coming to the Santa Barbara County Fair on July 12.

With 11 million albums sold and a slew of hits, Adkins has made his mark on country music with songs that include “I Got My Game On,” “You’re Gonna Miss This,” and “Hillbilly Bone,” in addition to his crossover Top 40 hit “Honkytonk Badonkadonk.”

He’s a three-time Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry, a TV personality, actor, and author who is on the road as part of his “How Did We Get Here?” tour.

“He’s known to put on an outstanding show, and we can’t wait to see what he delivers for the audience at the Santa Barbara County Fair,” said Santa Maria Fairpark CEO Richard Persons.

Adkins has won three Academy of Country Music Awards, including the 2009 Single of the Year for “You’re Gonna Miss This,” and Vocal Event of the Year with Blake Shelton for “Hillbilly Bone” in 2010.

“Still a Soldier” is the current single off Adkins’ latest release, “Something’s Going On,” for which he created a video that is a compelling tribute to veterans and their loved ones.

As an actor, he’s played roles in several films and television shows and in March will star with Dennis Quaid and Bart Miller in “I Can Only Imagine,” a movie based on the best-selling Christian song of the same name.

He is a spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project and the American Red Cross, for which he raised more than $11.5 million as winner of NBC’s “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.” He has also performed many USO Tours.

The Santa Barbara County Fair runs July 11-15. This year’s theme is “Cowboys and Carousels.”

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