Rough & Ready

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"Rough & Ready"
Single by Trace Adkins
from the album Comin' On Strong
Released April 12, 2004
Format CD Single
Genre Country
Length 3:08
Label Capitol Nashville
Writer(s) Blair Mackichan
Brian White
Craig Wiseman
Producer(s) Trey Bruce
Certification Gold
Trace Adkins singles chronology
"Hot Mama"
"Rough & Ready"
"Songs About Me"

"Rough & Ready" is a song recorded by American country music artist Trace Adkins. It was released in April 2004 the second and final single from his album Comin' On Strong. Although the song was not a top 10 hit, it was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It was written by Blair Mackichan, Brian White and Craig Wiseman.


The male narrator professes his masculinity in the song. In the opening, session guitarist J. T. Corenflos was asked by producer Trey Bruce to "come up with some funky, country kind of lick to start this song", so he improvised one.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that it "fits Adkins' larger-than-life personality and Louisiana roughneck past." She says that Adkins "launches into the rapid-fire lyrics with gusto" and that he "goes for broke with a terrific vocal performance - and the spoken asides he tosses into the mix are hilarious."[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Michael Salomon, and features NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. It also features Jennifer Lee Wiggins as Kate.

Chart performance[edit]

"Rough & Ready" debuted at number 56 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs for the week of April 17, 2003.

Chart (2004) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 13
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 75

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 41


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