Joe Nichols

TempleLive Presents Arkansas' own

Joe Nichols

Jesse Joice

Fri · August 25, 2017

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Joe Nichols
Joe Nichols
As Joe Nichols began work on a brand new batch of old-school country music, he found himself
looking back for inspiration. Back to his early career, back to true friends and the simple perfection of
pure country music … back to things that never get old.
“Full circle is the term I would use,” the Arkansas native says about his new project, fittingly titled
Never Gets Old. “The whole theme of the record is ‘Let’s get back to where it all began for me. Let’s
get back to where my passion for music began.’”
From 2002’s Man With a Memory on, Nichols harnessed that passion as a steady hit maker, racking up
six Number Ones and eight Top 10s, including chart-topping modern classics like “Brokenheartsville”
and “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off.” He’s a four-time Grammy nominee, an ACM, Billboard,
CMA, and CMT Award winner, and his last album offering, Crickets, kept the success going, sending
both “Yeah” and “Sunny and 75” to Platinum-certified Number One status.
But then four years went by – the longest span between releases of his career – as Nichols dug in to
reconnect with his calling. In Never Gets Old, he’s done just that.
“Instead of us making something that’s built for instant success, the idea was ‘Let’s make something
we’re gonna be proud of 30 years from now,’” Nichols explains. “I’m thinking less about what will
work, and more about what I love.”
What Nichols loves has always been obvious. Growing up around friends who were into anything but
country, he was different. Nichols was pulled in by the realness of singers like Merle Haggard and
Marty Robbins, Don Williams, Keith Whitley and George Strait, and that connection would inform his
whole career. Even now with Never Gets Old, he’s happy to go against the grain.
“Hopefully the stuff we’re doing lasts a lot longer than today’s typical country record,” he says. “But I
think the irony is that retro sounds are actually what’s fresh and new right now. All we had to do was
what felt natural.”
Doing what felt natural has never been easier, as Nichols returned to the approach of his early albums.
Working with Crickets producer Mickey Jack Cones and longtime collaborator and friend Brent
Rowan– fiddles and steel guitar tempered tasteful modern sounds on nearly every mix, while that
understated (but unmistakeable) baritone felt “better than it’s been in 10 years.”
Saying his goal was to sing with the most feeling possible and let whatever came out of his soul land on
the record, Nichols ended up with 12 tracks that bound between spirit and sentiment, courage and
cleverness, romance and rowdy fun, all wrapped in the throwback style he’s spent a lifetime pursuing.
Lead single and title track “Never Gets Old” points the way. Written by Connie Harrington and Steve
Moakler, Nichols says it reminds him of the mid-’80s country era, a song that “wasn’t necessarily deep,
but it was meaningful.”
With a swaying front-porch groove, it features laid-back acoustic guitars and accordions that waft in
with the breeze, as Nichols ponders the moments that keep love fresh – like watching his wife laugh,
holding her hand, and ending each day in a tender embrace. Nichols says he knew it was special when
all three of his kids started singing along the first time they heard it.
Tracks like “This Side of the River,” “Billy Graham’s Bible,” and “We All Carry Something” are
charged with soul-stirring power, while “Diamonds Make Babies” and “So You’re Saying” inject the
project with heartwarming fun.
But it’s a bit of carefree craziness adapted from his live show which is sure to leave listeners with the
biggest smile – an honest-to-goodness country cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s hip-hop favorite, “Baby Got
Back.”
What began as a joke between Nichols and his band years ago went on to become a beloved moment
onstage, and now it caps off Never Gets Old, proving that whatever this veteran song stylist sings, it’s
gonna sound country. Nichols and his team invited comedian Darren Knight and his “Southern
Momma” character to revamp the iconic spoken-word parts, and what came out in the studio was so
much fun it had to be included on the album.
“Everybody was laughing that day,” he says. “It was out-of-the-blue and we never thought we’d put it
on a record. But when it was done I was like ‘This is nuts, but this actually kind of feels like it should
have been a country record ... a goofy one, but still.’”
When Joe Nichols released his debut album, he was barely 20 years old and trying to put his youth
behind him. Looking back now, he laughs at that thought, but some things never change. Back then he
was scrappy and defiant about his quest to revive traditional country, and that drive remains. In fact, he
says it’s one of those things that never gets old.
“I feel like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be,” he says. “With my first album, there was this
apprehension of ‘Is country music ready for a traditional country record?’ It was a little bit scary, but
we went for it, and with Never Gets Old I still feel the exact same passion – it’s like ‘Let’s give it to
them anyway.’ Now, I think country music is ready.”
Jesse Joice
Jesse Joice
The percentage of aspiring musicians from suburban cover bands who never step out of the shadows of the local bar’s live music scene is unsurprisingly large. To lift the impossible weight of anonymity nowadays takes more than just big dreams. It takes big talent.

Jesse Joice first picked up a guitar when he was nine years old. After a slew of lessons from family members, local instructors, and the years-long process of honing his crafts—vocals and songwriting, in addition to guitar—he was just fifteen when he first felt the heat of stage lights. After spending five years fronting local cover band Another Alibi, the Tulsa native had his first brush with fame when he appeared on season twelve of American Idol in 2013, making it to the top fifty guys before heading back to Oklahoma to focus on a more self-propelled shot at success.

A year and a half and one trip to Tennessee later, Joice found himself in Nashville under the wing of Jamie Tate, a Grammy and Emmy award-winning recording engineer and producer. Though the country crooner had more taste for blues/rock as a kid, he began writing seriously in 2009 and realized he felt most at home under the influences of Nashville-style songwriters. Now with one boot planted firmly on each side of the fence between rock and country, he credits Gary Morgan, Will Hoge, and Brett James for inspiring him in his first major musical endeavor.
With all the downhome grit expected from a modern country artist, Joice’s smooth gravel voice slides over each chorus just as easily as his guitar solos (worthy of major air-guitar shredding) will impress hardcore rock/country acolytes. The grinding guitars and hip-swaying chorus of his new single “Oklahoma Weather” won’t disappoint fans of Jason Aldean and presents the catch-me-if-you-can type of girl Taylor Swift wishes she could be. “Like I Ain’t From Around Here” reflects his roots—“We could roll down south to Snake Creek/Sit and talk on Cry Baby Bridge”—and is just the tune for small-town kids to blast from the speakers of their jacked-up pickups as they welcome the weekend. Also including anthem-like two-steppers and slowed down odes to his Midwestern roots, his five song EP will be released in 2015 with the hopes of a forthcoming album sometime after. His single “Oklahoma Weather” is available for purchase now on iTunes.
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