Sarepta plays host to Trace Adkins
Written by Jana Ryan
Monday, 03 March 2008
American country music singer-songwriter Trace Adkins returned home to Sarepta this past weekend to film a music video for his newly released single, “You’re Gonna Miss This.”
The ballad, sung in three acts, depicts various stages of life that one doesn’t realize he/she will miss until that time has passed.
According to the video’s director, Peter Zavadil, Tail Light TV crews were in the area Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of last week filming various shots for the video. Scenes of Adkins visiting childhood haunts, including Sarepta High School, were shot Saturday.
“You’re Gonna Miss This” is included on Adkins’ latest album, a second greatest hits compilation titled, “American Man: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2”, which was released on Dec. 4, 2007. The song was written by Lee Thomas Miller and Ashley Gorley.
Zavadil said the video will be multifaceted - not only telling the story of those portrayed by the song, but how the concept affects Adkins.
“The idea of this song is, cherish the moments of your life,” said Zavadil, who has been on the country music scene since the 90s. “It’s a powerful song - a great thing. He (Adkins) has a powerful voice, but he sings this song with a tone of he’s been there, and he’s sincere.”
Zavadil said Adkins has always felt an affinity with his hometown and roots.
“He’s very close to his mom and dad and this is home to him,” said Zavadil. “When he started thinking about the video, he decided he wanted to go back to his roots - where he played football, where he went to school.”
The director, who received CMA (Country Music Association) awards for his work on Brad Paisley’s “I’m Gonna Miss Her” and Sarah Evans’ “Born to Fly” videos, said in order to acquire an authenticity to Adkins’ video, he decided to use locals during filming.
“There will be some local folks playing roles and parts,” said Zavadil. “We like using real people and real locals. If you know folks from the Sarepta and Springhill area, you’ll probably recognize someone in the video.”
Adkins made his debut in 1996 with the single, “There’s a Girl in Texas”, which reached Top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks charts. It was followed by the release of his debut album, “Dreamin’ Out Loud”, which also included his first Number One single, “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing”.
Between 1996 and the present, Adkins has charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard country music charts and recorded seven studio albums and two greatest hits compilations.
Adkins also recently released his first book titled, “A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Free-Thinking Roughneck.”
“We’re looking forward to this with great anticipation,” Sarepta Mayor E.L. Edwards said Friday prior to Adkins’ arrival. “He always stands up and says he’s proud to be from Sarepta. Most people, they forget their grassroots and where they’re from, but he has always been proud of Sarepta. He’s proud to be a Hornet and we’re proud of him.”
When asked if he would be making his acting debut in Adkins’ video, Edwards laughed and said, “Maybe he’ll need an old man in it for a grandpa.”
As “You’re Gonna Miss This” has already hit the airwaves, production of the video will be expedited and country music fans should be able to view the video within two to three weeks.