Trace Adkins to headline Patsy Cline Classic

Trace Adkins

WINCHESTER — Country-music singer Trace Adkins will be the headlining performer at the Patsy Cline Classic in March.

In a news conference on Tuesday, Chris Mitchell, a host for Shenandoah County Q102, described Adkins as a star of country music with a tough past.

“The 90s was one of the biggest eras ever in country music, and Trace Adkins had hit after hit after hit after hit,” Mitchell said.

Adkins has received Grammy Award nominations for country music songs and country music performances. He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

He has also had several close calls with death, according to Mitchell. In high school, Adkins crashed into a school bus, puncturing both of his lungs, breaking some of his ribs and severing his nose.

He was working on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico in 1989 when Hurricane Chantal hit.

Then, after he began his music career, he got into an argument with his second wife over his drinking. His wife pointed a gun at him, and he tried to grab the gun from his wife’s hand, Mitchell said.

But the gun went off, Mitchell said, hitting Adkins in the chest. Still, Adkins survived.

“I always say that to be a good country music star, you have to tell a really good story,” Mitchell said. “Trace, obviously, had some really great stories.”

Adkins will perform at John Handley High School at 8 p.m. March 14. Doors open for the performance at 6 p.m.

Pre-sale tickets become available at 10 a.m. today. The promo code to purchase pre-sale tickets is HONKYTONK.

General sale tickets become available 10 a.m. Thursday.

Tickets cost between $39.50 and $89.50 and can be purchased online at https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1618518?utm_medium=bks.

The proceeds for the event go toward the Winchester Educational Foundation, which provides funds for Winchester Public Schools.

Because proceeds will go toward funding the schools, Mike Dufrene, principal of Handley High School, described the event as a “win-win for our city.”

“Our community has the opportunity to attend a wonderful concert right here in our own backyard, the Winchester Public Schools greatly benefits from the proceeds and Trace Adkins gets to perform right here in the most beautiful high school in the state,” Dufrene said. “Heck, let’s be real: the most beautiful high school in the country.”

Madelyn Rodriguez, vice president of the Winchester Education Foundation, added that tickets are likely going to sell out for the event.

“Thanks for everyone for their support, and remember you’ve got to get your concert tickets really, really early, because it’s going to sell out fast,” Rodriguez said.

This is the ninth year the Winchester Education Foundation has hosted the Patsy Cline Classic. Previous performers have included the Beach Boys and Willie Nelson.