Trace Adkins

For Trace, this one is easy -- singing about soldiers

Each 4th of July, PBS offers great music and -- at times -- strong emotion. This year, some of that emotion comes from Trace Adkins, the towering country star with the chaotic-but-compelling life. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

Yes, Trace Adkins'
wild ride has had twists, turns and odd detours.

Too much country? Too much everything

I really do think Alan Jackson was telling the truth when he sang: "No such thing as too much fun."

Still, we get pretty close to it sometimes. Right now, TV almost has too much of everything.

Too many new shows? At least, too many on the same night. I'm actually sending papers four stories with Monday time factors. That's when two things debut (American Country Awards on Fox, "Big Cat Week" on Nat Geo Wild) and two return ("Sing-Off" on NBC, "Men of a Certain Age" on TNT).