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Editors’ Notes

American country music has part of its roots in a Celtic tradition that’s welcomed here by Trace Adkins, who pays tribute to his Scottish lineage on his first album of seasonal reflection, 2013’s The King’s Gift. Accompanied by the usual musical instrument suspects (acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, bass, and drums) but with the addition of uilleann pipe, penny whistle, Weissenborn, mandolin, violin, viola, cello, and harp, Adkins explores the sounds of ancient times and tradition. He’s joined on individual tracks by legendary traditional Irish ensemble The Chieftains, Scottish vocalist Alyth McCormack, the award-winning family group The Isaacs, Kevin Costner and his daughter Lily Kostner, and rock drummer Kenny Aronoff (known for his work with John Mellencamp). Whether it’s the relatively obscure “Wexford Carol” or the commonly known “Away in a Manger,” “Silent Night,” or “Little Drummer Boy,” Adkins sings them sincerely, without emphasizing his country twang for country music’s sake. “What Child Is This” (also known as "Greensleeves") closes the set with a solemnity worthy of the care put forth in this collection.

Customer Reviews


Sorry Trace…. you've done better. Same old songs….no originality (except for the celtic instrumentals). You have such a great voice. Don't understand why you keep doing remakes (as on your Love Songs album). Feels like it was just rushed to get it on the market. Think your long time fans (not the ones that like you cuz your cute & hot) deserve better…. Kelly's new Christmas album… AMAZING…. now she was thinking of her fans!

Marvelous deep original and truly a "Gift"

Rarely does an artist go so outside the "hum drum" norm as Trace has done with this beautifully produced and performed record. It is so fresh and true in its authenticity and I just can't stop playing it, full of wonderful musical surprises imagery and journeys, you can really hear Trace's involvement in every song..he's brilliant. It's an incredible work that I'll never get tired of listening to.

Best "Silent Night" Ever

Listen to vocals on Silent Night, especially harmony by Lily Costner. Best ever!


Born: January 13, 1962 in Sarepta, LA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Trace Adkins helped keep country's traditionalist flame burning during the crossover-happy late '90s, mixing classic honky tonk with elements of gospel, blues, and rock & roll. Adkins was born in the small Louisiana town of Sarepta in 1962 and took up the guitar at an early age; he went on to study music at Louisiana Tech, where he also played football and worked on an offshore oil rig after graduating. His finger was severed in an accident while on the job, and once several years had passed, he...
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