Jan. 29, 2009 Trace Adkins seemed a tad testy at this weeks Grammy nominees party in Nashville, and theres good reason: Hes suffering from nicotine withdrawals.
Trace stopped smoking about seven weeks ago, and misses the habit immensely. Fellow Grammy nominee Charlie Louvin, in fact, planted thoughts of a cigarette in Traces head at the party by asking Trace in the middle of a conversation with GACs Suzanne Alexander if he wanted to go for a smoke.
"I hadnt thought about it," Trace sarcastically said on the national radio show GAC Nights: Live From Nashville, "in like five minutes!"
No doubt the doctor had counselled Trace more than once to cut out cigarettes, but what finally convinced him to stop for good was a health problem that he simply couldnt shake.
"I had a chronic cough that wouldnt go away," Trace said. "I went in the hospital and had some tests done. Im fine. They just told me You gotta quit smokin, you know. And so I did, and I had 26 good years, 26 good years enjoyed every one of em I smoked."
Trace should feel right at home when he attends the Grammy Awards Feb. 8 at Los Angeles Nokia Theatre its a smoke-free facility. But thats still more than a week away. Theres a Super Bowl to be played in the meantime, and Trace who played football for Louisiana Tech is probably going to watch it, even though hes expecting a one-sided game.
"That Steelers defense is so strong," he observed, "I wouldnt be surprised if the Cardinals maybe kicked one field goal and that would be about it."
Traces prediction for Sundays final score: Pittsburgh 21, Arizona 3.