Trace Adkins and Susan Sarandon To Star In New Country Music Drama, ‘Monarch’ — See The Trailer

Already a seasoned actor, with roles in films such as The Lincoln Lawyer, An American Carol and Mom’s Night Out,…


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October 29, 2021


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Already a seasoned actor, with roles in films such as The Lincoln Lawyer, An American Carol and Mom’s Night Out, Trace Adkins has taken on a new starring role in Monarch, a country music drama coming to Fox. 

Described as “a Texas-sized, multi-generational musical drama about America’s first family of country music,” the show also stars Academy Award Winner Susan Sarandon, Golden Globe nominee Anna Friel, Josh Sasse, Beth Ditto, Meagan Holder, Inigo Pascual, Martha Higareda and Emma Milani. 


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Tony Award Winner Faith Prince, Adam Croasdell and Eva Amurri are featured in the show in recurring roles.

A press release issued from the network described the storyline: 

In MONARCH, reigning King of Country Music ALBIE ROMAN (Adkins), along with his insanely talented, but tough as nails wife, Queen of Country Music DOTTIE CANTRELL ROMAN (Sarandon), have created a country music dynasty. But even though the Roman name is synonymous with authenticity, the very foundation of their success is a lie. And when their reign as country royalty is put in jeopardy, heir to the crown NICOLETTE “NICKY” ROMAN (Friel) will stop at nothing to protect her family’s legacy, while ensuring her own quest for stardom, alongside her brother, LUKE ROMAN (Sasse), and sister, GIGI ROMAN (Ditto).

The official trailer for the show was released, giving fans a sneak peek of what’s to come in the drama-filled show. 

The trailer is set to Adkins singing a cover of Hank Williams Jr.’s “A Country Boy Can Survive.”  Click above to watch. 

Monarch, produced by Fox Entertainment, is set to premiere special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 30, immediately following the NFC Championship, and continuing in its regular time period on Tuesday, Feb. 1.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.