Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 2003 Trace Adkins joined the Grand Ole Opry?

It's true! He was officially inducted by Ronnie Milsap and Lorrie Morgan. On his big night, he performed "Chrome," "Hot Mama" and "Then They Do".

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Here are 5 interesting facts about Trace Adkins.

  • He played college football and studied petroleum technology at Louisiana Tech University.
  • HeHe accidentally cut off a finger while working on an oil rig after college; it was later reattached.
  • He was shot by his then-wife Julie Curtis in 1994; he did not press charges.
  • He wrote the autobiography A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck (2007).
  • He garnered second place in the 2008 edition of The Celebrity Apprentice.