Rough & Ready
|"Rough & Ready"|
|Single by Trace Adkins|
|from the album Comin' On Strong|
|Released||April 12, 2004|
|Trace Adkins singles chronology|
"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.
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."
The music video was directed by Michael Salomon, and features NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. It also features Jennifer Lee Wiggins as Kate.
"Rough & Ready" debuted at number 56 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs for the week of April 17, 2003.
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||13|
|US Billboard Hot 100||75|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||41|
- Billboard, May 1, 2004
- "Trace Adkins Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Trace Adkins.
- "Trace Adkins Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Trace Adkins.
- "Best of 2004: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2004. Retrieved July 11, 2012.