Adkins acknowledges the misconception, but says that people should not confuse his lack of openness with being unkind or unfriendly.
"That has bothered me that I am perceived as somewhat of an ---hole around this town," he says. "I don't always meet somebody and just immediately warm up to them. I'm a little stand-offish for a while."
Crook spent a recent Sunday afternoon with Adkins at his secluded Middle Tennessee farm, the first time he has opened up his personal retreat to television cameras. The singer is converting the old dairy farm into a park-like sanctuary. Adkins reveals why, after coming off the road exhausted by performing, he heads straight to the farm for backbreaking labor planting trees, cutting grass and chopping wood.
"It's therapeutic for me, really. I have to work hard and at the end of the day be completely exhausted and nasty," says Adkins, who worked on an oil rig before becoming a major country music star. "In the music business I can perform and record and do interviews all day, but there is nothing I can actually put my hands on to show I did a hard day's work."
Adkins says his church-going mother has made it clear she does not like a few of his songs, and particularly his recent hit video "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk." When Crook suggests that even Adkins himself looked embarrassed near the end of the video, the singer admits that he indeed was.
"I saw my mama's face every time that girl's butt was hitting me on the shoulder," he says. "I knew [mama] wasn't going to be real proud of me, but I can always say 'Hey, I'm not the director!'"
Crook finds Adkins to be quite open about his past bouts with the bottle and about his struggles to overcome the demon of alcohol. There were times, he acknowledges, that he would be drunk for days on end while playing the Texas club circuit before he landed a record deal.
"I remember waking up in the mornings [and] reaching over the side of the bed and finding that gallon [of tequila]?that's the way I would start my day. It's a shameful way to be," says Adkins, who's been sober for four years.
Adkins and Crook give GAC viewers a tour of Adkins' 60-plus acre farm before settling into rocking chairs beside a serene pond for their candid conversation.
"Trace told me he loves doing in-depth interviews now and then because he enjoys meaty conversation much more than 'chit-chat,'" Crook says of the experience.
"OFFSTAGE with Lorianne Crook" premieres on GAC on Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. ET, with re-airs at midnight ET and on Sept. 7 at 11:00 a.m. ET.
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