The worlds of country and hip hop collide in the name of a good time with Trace Adkins’ new single “Where the Country Girls At” (featuring Luke Bryan and Pitbull). And with the release of their new music video, that good time is officially here.
Splitting time between both of those worlds — with half of the video filmed on Pitbull’s home water off the Miami coast, and the other half taking over Bryan’s Nashville honky tonk, 32 Bridge — the trio find common ground in their party-starting mission, mixing bottle popping with boot stomping.
Written by Monty Criswell, Derek George and Michael White, “Where The Country Girls At” is about as lighthearted of a country anthem you can get — and a spiritual descendent of Adkins’ fan favorite, “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.” There are plenty of badonkadonks in his new video, too, along with some awe-shucks fun from Bryan and the unending swagger of Pitbull on a yacht, as the country duo follow their new friend’s lead.
“Luke lives right down the road…” Adkins jokes when asked why he choose Luke Bryan and Pitbull for the track. “And Pitbull, we were like ‘Who could we ask who will absolutely tell us “no”? Pitbull.’ And then he said ‘Yes’ and I couldn’t believe it. He’s been awesome to work with and he’s been very gracious with his time and talent and we’re just ridin’ on his coattails.”
All about the charms of country cuties everywhere, “Where The Country Girls At” is the lead single off Adkins’ 13th studio album, The Way I Wanna Go. Along with Bryan and Pitbull, the album is chock full of all-star collaborations — often just as surprising — with other tracks featuring Blake Shelton, Melissa Etheridge, Keb’ Mo’, Snoop Dogg and Stevie Wonder on harmonica. Adkins recorded 25 tracks for the album in total, a nod to the 25 years since his debut album, Dreamin’ Out Loud.
In other Trace Adkins news, the baritone singing star has also been cast in a new TV show. He’s reportedly set to be featured on FOX’s upcoming “country music drama,” Monarch, with more details to come. The show will star Susan Sarandon and Anna Friel, and arrives in January 2022.