Trace Adkins calls his “Monarch” co-star Beth Ditto his “Little Arkansas Hillbilly”

Country music has a new leading family, thanks to the FOX drama Monarchwhich features Tracer Adkins as “Texas Truth Teller” patriarch Albie Roman and Susan Sarandon as his wife and fierce matriarch Dottie Cantrell Roman.

Located in Austin, Texas, Monarch has the musical integrity of other country musical dramas Nashvillebut with a darker intensity that matches the size of Lonestar State.

The Romans created a country music empire based on authenticity, but the foundation of their success rests on shaky ground with a secret. Their reign as country music’s first family is in jeopardy, so daughter and heir to the throne Nicky Roman (played by Anna Friel) won’t be stopped in her quest to protect her family’s legacy and her own. celebrity dreams.

His brother, Luke Roman (played by Joshua Sasse), is the CEO of the family business Monarch Entertainment but never seems to win his father Albie’s approval no matter how hard he tries. The youngest of the Roman children is Gigi Tucker-Roman (played by Beth Ditto), who has always been treated like an outcast in her own family, despite her enviable talent.

During a private screening of Monarchfirst episode of, Trace Adkins spoke to musical chaos and other media on what fans can expect from the show, which airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on FOX.

Adkins developed a fondness for his on-screen daughter Gigi, played by singer-songwriter Beth Ditto, formerly of indie rock band Gossip.

“I love her, my little hick from Arkansas,” Adkins says.

On the set of Monarch, there was a dialect coach to help the actors portray the Texas accent authentically. “I’m the only one he never had to say anything to, because I’m just doing Texas,” Adkins boasted. Some of the British actors needed help nailing the dialect, but Ditto had the opposite problem.

“He would go up to her and say, ‘That’s too country,'” Adkins laughed. “That’s how she really talks, you know, she’s from Arkansas.”

The “Hillbilly Bone” singer opened up about why he loves working with Ditto. ” She is funny. I don’t think people realize how funny she is. She has such a great mind and she is so fast. She made me laugh every day.

In addition to Ditto and Sarandon, Adkins co-stars include Golden Globe nominee Anna Friel and Joshua Sasse of “Galavant.” Fans can also expect to see even more country music stars with appearances from Shania Twain, Martina McBride, Little Big Town and Tanya Tucker throughout the season.

Monarch debuted Sept. 11 and continues its two-night special on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 9 p.m. ET on FOX.

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