Trace Adkins – “Just Fishin'”

Blake Boldt | March 21st, 2011

Trace AdkinsSongwriters: Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell and Ed Hill

After the disastrous chart performance of his suggestive “Brown Chicken, Brown Cow,” Trace Adkins makes a quick turnaround with a more family-friendly track, the first single from his upcoming studio album. “Just Fishin'” follows in the same form as previous hits “Then They Do” and “You’re Gonna Miss This,” little snapshots of domestic bliss with an underlying sense of melancholy.

The lyric of “Fishin'” focuses on a daddy and daughter enjoying a few bonding moments by the riverbank. Their warm weather afternoon isn’t so much about catching the night’s dinner—“Fishin’ on the riverside/Throwing back what we could fry/Drowning worms and killing time/Nothing too ambitious”—as it is about making some lifetime memories. While the daughter rambles on about her ballet shoes and kittens, her father understands these conversations seem small but will someday carry a big weight in his mind. In the second verse, Adkins begins to dread the thought of his little girl growing up: “I’d better do this every chance I get, ’cause time’s a-tickin’.”

As usual, Adkins inserts himself into the conversation of the best male vocalists in country music. “Fishin'” is further proof that his deep baritone can match well with sentimental songs like these.

The pleasant arrangement gives him room to showcase his voice; “Fishin'” is a pretty standard modern country production that features a few clever touches. Right from the start, the guitars signal a sense of foreboding even as they settle in for a day of fun. With a few steel flourishes and piano accents within the chorus, you can feel him being yanked away from time with his daughter to a world of his own memories.

“Fishin’,” filled with sharp details that describe a family man’s joys and sorrows, is a solid step back onto country radio for Adkins.

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  1. Thomas
    March 21, 2011 at 6:57 am

    …i wish, i could say that things are taking a consistant turn toward the better, when i comes to trace adkins’ output. but that’s probably as unlikely as the return of more traditional or neo-traditional country sounds on the airwaves.

    be it as it may, this is a fine one, even though the guitars are slightly too prominent at times.

  2. Ben Foster
    March 21, 2011 at 7:58 am

    I’m always glad to hear more traditional-leaning country music on the radio, but at this point, I don’t think it’s prominent enough to be considered a threat to the current country-pop and country-rock artists.

    “Brown Chicken Brown Cow” wasn’t exactly a tough act to follow, but I enjoy his new single. I’m guessing this one will probably fare better at radio than its predecessor.

  3. Lewis
    March 21, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Now this song is what Trace is all about and it’s going great guns going out of the gate already. Not only do I think that this will go Top 10 but #1 is not out of the realm of possibility here. And I guess Trace is listening to his fans a little bit here since they are probably tired of his suggestive songs already since he himself withdrew Brown Chicken from radio.

    And I wonder why they stopped Cowboy’s Back In Town at only two singles and Trace is working on a new album already unless plans are that they are re-releasing Cowboy with Just Fishin’ on it.

  4. Jonathan
    March 21, 2011 at 9:53 am

    It isn’t going to make everyone stop dead in their tracks, but for Trace, this is very good. As Blake says, this song is a good match for his voice.

    After the “Brown Chicken Brown Cow” disaster, I’d given up on him ever singing a quality song again, and he’s proven me wrong. Trace works well on songs like these where he isn’t trying to be anything but himself.

    This is by far his best radio single since “You’re Gonna Miss This.”

  5. Rick
    March 21, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    If the “Brown Chicken Brown Cow” debacle gets Trace to stop releasing idiotic novelty songs as singles, then at least some good could come out of it…

    This song will score big with all those sentimental soccer moms in AirHead Country radio land. These moms are also very protective of their daughters and probably were miffed at Trace for BCBC, so this new single is a musical apology of sorts. We’ll see if radio bites on this one, and I hope it does.

  6. luckyoldsun
    March 21, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    I’m not sure that coming off like David Allan Coe on one release and Paul Overstreet on the next is the winning formula.

    And I’m not sure why Rick above hopes that making music for sentimental airheads is the winning formula.

  7. Rachel
    March 22, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Heard this on radio last night, and I have to say that it is a COMPLETE and total PLEASANT 180 from that mess called “Brown Chicken Brown Cow”.

  8. Kyle
    March 22, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    I’m not usually a fan of sentimental songs about kids, but I have to admit this is pretty well done. The emotion really builds throughout the song. Agree with the thumbs up.

  9. JeffT
    March 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Just Fishin’ just came on the radio as I started reading this blog. It’s a good song, but I think Show Dog missed the boat on some singles material from his last album. I’ve heard Trace say, on GAC, that the label picks the singles. He seemed to indicate in an interview about BC,BC that he picked the singles. Whoever is doing it, they could do a better job. Still love Trace.

  10. Casidi's Daddy
    April 12, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Great song!

    I have been taking my daughter fishing with me since she could walk. She loves fishing & the outdoors.

    Trace is right, there is allot more to it than “Fishin”

    If you havent taken you little girl out fishing yet, you need to.

    It is time well sepnt, and she will love you forever for taking her.

    God bless our Children!

    Chico, Ca.

  11. mike b (tennessee)
    April 17, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    In the tradition of “Your gonna miss this” this tune is perfect for his voice and great for country music. I actually took my 12 year old fishing today after hearing this song on the way home church. Totally forgiven from the brown chicken brown cow mistake. This one gets an atta boy for Trace. RLTW – MNB

  12. Matt
    May 23, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Dear trace adkins,

    Please quit playing music.You haven’t put out anything worth listening to since you started playing music.


    Everyone with taste.

  13. Kayla
    October 2, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Trace Adkins is a great artist. I think this song is amazing. Im so glad to see him taking care of his family and turning his life around. My aunt was very lucky to have been able to babysit him as a kid! You Go Trace!!!

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