I'm Tryin'

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"I'm Tryin'"
Trace Adkins - I'm Tryin'.jpg
Single by Trace Adkins
from the album Chrome
ReleasedJuly 2, 2001
Length4:45 (album version)
LabelCapitol Nashville
Songwriter(s)Jeffrey Steele
Anthony Smith
Chris Wallin
Producer(s)Dann Huff
Trace Adkins singles chronology
"I'm Gonna Love You Anyway"
"I'm Tryin'"
"Help Me Understand"

"I'm Tryin'" is a song written by Jeffrey Steele, Chris Wallin, and Anthony Smith and recorded by American country music artist Trace Adkins. It released in July 2001 as the lead-off single from his album Chrome. It peaked at number 6 in the United States.


"I'm Tryin'" is a mid-tempo narrated by a recently divorced man who is facing troubles in his life, such as working double shifts just to make enough money to pay alimony to his ex-wife. In the chorus, the male expresses his struggles.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Steven Goldmann, and was filmed in Canada.


Compiled from liner notes.[2]

  • Trace Adkins — lead vocals
  • Mike Brignardello — bass guitar
  • Eric Darken — percussion
  • Paul Franklin — steel guitar
  • Dann Huff — electric guitar
  • B. James Lowry — acoustic guitar
  • Brent Mason — electric guitar
  • Steve Nathan — keyboards
  • Russell Terrell — background vocals
  • Lonnie Wilson — drums
  • Jonathan Yudkin — violin, cello, mandocello

Chart positions[edit]

"I'm Tryin'" debuted at number 58 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of July 7, 2001.

Chart (2001) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 6
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 44

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 53
Chart (2002) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 50


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 18. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ Chrome (CD booklet). Trace Adkins. Capitol Records. 2002. 30618.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ "Trace Adkins Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  4. ^ "Trace Adkins Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Best of 2001: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2001. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
  6. ^ "Best of 2002: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2002. Retrieved August 13, 2012.

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