Muddy Water (Trace Adkins song)

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"Muddy Water"
Single by Trace Adkins
from the album X
Released August 4, 2008 (2008-08-04)
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:55
Label Capitol Nashville
Writer(s) Monty Criswell
Rick Huckaby
Producer(s) Frank Rogers
Trace Adkins singles chronology
"You're Gonna Miss This"
"Muddy Water"
"Marry for Money"

"Muddy Water" is a song recorded by American country music artist Trace Adkins. It was released in August 2008 as the first single from his eighth studio album, X. The song was written by Monty Criswell and Rick Huckaby.


Adkins said of the song, "That has haunted me -- because it just spoke to me. I related to it. That's the way my life is."[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Leeann Ward of Country Universe gave the song a 'B' grade, writing that Adkins "sings this song of redemption with power, but does not cross the line of vocal theatrics" and "the production accurately presents the swanky southern rock sound that one might imagine from a song with its title."[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Trey Fanjoy and premiered in October 2008.[3] Stephen Baldwin stars in the video.[1] The church where the video was filmed, the Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Clarksville, Tennessee, was destroyed by a fire in July 2009.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

"Muddy Water" debuted at number 45 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of August 23, 2008.[5]

Chart (2008) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 22
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100[7] 9


  1. ^ a b Self, Whitney (November 24, 2008). "Trace Adkins' 10th Album Caps His Busiest Year Ever". Country Music Television. Retrieved May 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ Ward, Leeann (July 22, 2008). "Trace Adkins, “Muddy Water”". Country Universe. Retrieved May 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ "CMT : Videos : Trace Adkins : Muddy Water". Country Music Television. Retrieved May 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Toby Keith, Julianne Hough: Covering the Bases". Great American Country. July 17, 2009. Retrieved May 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ Morris, Edward (August 16, 2008). "Sugarland Holds Top Album Slot, Taylor Swift Cops No. 1 Song". Country Music Television. Retrieved May 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Trace Adkins Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Trace Adkins.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 20. ISBN 0-89820-188-8. 

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