TYLER – The headliner for this year’s Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala will be Trace Atkins. The gala’s committee made the announcement Monday. It will be held on Saturday, August 12th, at the Texas Rose Horse Park/Brunson Equestrian Center, 14078 State Highway 110 North, just northwest of Tyler. The theme for this year’s gala is “Legends of the Call.” It is to honor those legends in the community who have fought the fight against cancer, and the volunteers, businesses, sponsors and members of the medical community who are themselves legendary for working and giving tirelessly to find a cure for this dreaded disease.
Trace Adkins has powered countless hits to the top of the charts and sold over ten million albums. His hits include “You’re Gonna Miss This,” “Ladies Love Country Boys,” “Songs About Me,” “Every Light In The House,” “Hillbilly Bone” (with Blake Shelton), and “Just Fishin’,” to name a few. The Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry is a TV personality, actor, author, spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Program and the American Red Cross, for whom he raised over $1.5 million dollars as winner of NBC’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. In recent years, Adkins has performed ten USO Tours. In his 2007 autobiography, A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck, the former oil rig worker recounted his rise to fame, brushes with death, and battles with personal demons. Trace played a tough as nails biker in “The Lincoln Lawyer” (starring Matthew McConaughey), and a wise oracle of a tattoo artist in the family-friendly film “Moms’ Night Out” (starring Patricia Heaton, Sean Astin and Sarah Drew). He also developed and hosted GAC’s “Great American Heroes” honoring every-day heroes.