Trace and Blake Discuss Future Duets
Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins picked up their second award for their No. 1 hit duet, ‘Hillbilly Bone,’ on Wednesday, winning the CMT Music Award for Collaborative Video of the Year. Although the thought initially crossed their minds that they had a good chance at it, Blake changed his tune when he got to the show and saw the seating arrangements inside Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
“To be honest with you, right before they announced the winner, I turned to Trace and said, ‘We’re screwed …'” Blake told reporters backstage. “They had us seated in an area that there is no way in hell we could’ve got out of unless we were Two-Foot Fred. So they said our names, and there was a 15 minute delay … first of all because it takes 10 minutes for Trace to stand up out of the seat and then get around the people. They had Toby Keith sitting there who’s knees go out a quarter of a mile, but we finally got down to the stage.”
Trace and Blake’s CMT “buckle” goes alongside their ACM trophy for Vocal Event of the Year. With all the excitement and success built up around their duet the obvious question is: will they plan more collaborations in the near future?
“Uhh … I’ve got a new album coming out August 24, and [Blake’s] not on it,” Trace told The Boot with a chuckle. “He only makes half-albums. He has another one coming out, too, and I’m not on it either. Maybe we will. It seems to work pretty good.”
Regardless, 2010 has been a great year for both of the entertainers. “I would say [this year] has been the biggest year of not just my career but my personal life as well,” Blake said. “I’m having a ball with it. I’ve been lucky enough to have been doing this for what I feel like has been a long time. It’s been 10 years since I’ve had my first hit record … it’s about time I get one of these freakin’ [awards]! I had to call in the big guns (Trace) to get one, but I’ll take what I can get.”
Blake’s latest single, ‘All About Tonight,’ is his fastest rising single to date. His next Six Pak album hits stores August 10. Trace’s ‘Cowboy’s Back in Town’ album hits stores August 24 and features his current single, ‘This Ain’t No Love Song.’