Trace Adkins is certain to be one of the fan favorites at the just-announced Taste of Country Music Festival. The rough-hewn country star with a heart of gold is a favorite of both men and women due to his mix of hardcore country rock anthems and tender ballads.

Since his 1996 debut album 'Dreamin' Out Loud' placed two hit singles -- 'Every Light in the House' and the No. 1 smash '(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing' -- Adkins has charted more than 20 hit singles on the Billboard charts, and all but one of his studio albums has gone Gold or Platinum. His 2005 'Songs About Me' album featured the tongue-in-cheek hit 'Honky Tonk Badonkadonk' and was certified multi-Platinum, while his most recent ninth studio album -- 'Cowboy's Back in Town' in 2010 -- continued his winning streak with 'This Ain't No Love Song.'

Adkins' other No. 1 hits include 'Ladies Love Country Boys' and the ballad 'You're Gonna Miss This.' He has also appeared in movies and on television, most notably placing second on the 2008 season of 'Celebrity Apprentice.' He recently announced that he will return to the show for its upcoming All-Stars season.

The first ever Taste of Country Music Festival is coming to Hunter Mountain for three days of great country music starting on June 13th, 2013. The lineup features Lady Antebellum, Willie Nelson, Billy Currington, Montgomery Gentry,Trace Adkins, Joe Nichols, and many more. Tickets start at $120 and are on sale now