Although the singer did not pen the title track, Trace admits buddies Chris Wallin, Aaron Barker and Ira Dean wrote the biographical song with him in mind. "You know, I've had several near death experiences that everybody knows about," Trace explains, "and these guys know me very well, so they wrote the song for me."
The album's current single was another that hit close to home, despite being penned by Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell and Ed Hill. "'Just Fishin',' sounds like it's some redneck thing, but it's a song about a father going fishing with his little girl, and she thinks it's just fishin', but it's about much more than that," Trace told The Boot. "As a father of daughters, it hit all the right buttons. I've taught all my girls to fish, and it's about the lessons that you learn from teaching your children to fish. It's the time that you spend together doing it. That's what's really important."
The father of five showcased his youngest daughter, Trinity, in the video for the tune. "It was her turn; I've used all the other girls in videos," Trace told The Boot. "Mackenzie was in the 'More' video when she was two, and Brianna was in the 'Ladies Love Country Boys,' so it was Trinity's turn."
Trace will also release a deluxe edition of the album, featuring another collaboration with buddy Blake Shelton, 'If I Was a Woman.' In 2009, the two teamed up on 'Hillybilly Bone,' which went to No. 1 on the charts. The additional four-song deluxe package also includes the Trace co-penned song, 'Semper Fi.'
'Proud To Be Here' (Standard Edition) Track List:
1. Proud To Be Here (Chris Wallin, Aaron Barker, Ira Dean)
2. Million Dollar View (David Lee Murphy, George Teren)
3. Days Like This (Trace Adkins, Casey Beathard, Kenny Beard)
4. That's What You Get (Rivers Rutherford, Aly Cutter, Kenny Beard)
5. Just Fishin' (Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell, Ed Hill)
6. Damn You Bubba (Chris Wallin, Bruce Wallace)
7. Love Buzz (Casey Beathard, Kendall Marvel)
8. It's Who You Know (Rivers Rutherford, Wendell Mobley, Kenny Beard)
9. Poor Folks (Ray Scott, Phillip Moore)
10. Always Gonna Be That Way (Dallas Davidson, Chris Tompkins)
'Proud To Be Here' (Deluxe Edition) Track List:
11. It's A Woman Thing (Craig Wiseman, Jim Collins)
12. More Of Us (Casey Beathard, Phil O'Donnell)
13. If I Was A Woman [featuring Blake Shelton] (Trace Adkins, Sherrie Austin, Jeff Bates, Kenny Beard)
14. Semper Fi (Trace Adkins, Kenny Beard, Monty Criswell)
Fans can catch Trace out on the road in the months leading up to the album release. Click here to find tour dates and ticket availability.