He has a sense of humor, he loves what he’s doing, he appreciates the fans who buy his CDs and come to see his shows. And they come from everywhere! At Joe Nichols show in Gray, Tenn., last night he had fans from Arkansas, Indiana, North and South Carolina, Virginia, and probably a few states I’m missing. One of the young ladies in the picture at the left has seen Joe in concert 67 times, and for another, this was her 100th show!
Marc Tragler and the WXBQ Rabbit made the introduction, and when Joe Nichols stepped out on the stage at Appalachian fair grounds last night, it became obvious immediately that he was there to perform. He did the songs you would expect to hear, and some you didn’t expect – they were what Joe wanted to do – and I think he knew everyone there would enjoy hearing them.
His fans were on their feet for most of the show, and dancing and clapping to “Gimmie That Girl,” and singing along with “The Impossible.” Joe saved “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” for one of his encore’ songs. Somehow we all knew he wasn’t going to stop singing until we got to hear that one
A smaller venue, like the main stage area at our local fair grounds, was the perfect place for Joe to get close to his fans. It’s easier to sing to them, and interact with people when there are only two or three thousand, and I’m not sure there were that many last night. The size of the crowd didn’t seem to make a difference to Joe. He put everything he had into his performance, and his audience loved it.
This was the first time I saw Joe do a live show. And I’m sure it won’t be the last. He is entertaining, and his band in entertaining to watch. They’re talented musicians who stayed on top of everything from the beginning of the show to the end.
For putting on a show people will remember, for taking time with his fans, for caring about the people who come to see him perform … I have to put Joe Nichols right up there with Jimmy Wayne, Jake Owen and Josh Gracin. Joe, like Jimmy, Jake and Josh, really let his fans know that he was there because they wanted him to be, and — he appreciated the fact that we wanted him there.
He seems to like putting himself out there with the crowd. He jumped off the stage during his performance, shook hands with some of the fans … and assured everyone who wanted to meet him after the show that they would have the chance to do so. Following the show, a small meet & greet was held behind the stage. Then Joe headed out to his merchandise tent. He didn’t sit behind it, like a lot of entertainers do. He sat right up on a table, and when you got to him for an autograph, he stopped long enough to ask how you are, thank you for coming, and pose for a picture. He has a personality that is even brighter than the spotlights on stage.
Here’s the interview with Joe after last night’s show. Thanks, Joe! Very much appreciated.
Here are a few more pictures, then I’m off to get a few things done. With the amount of pictures I took last night, you can be sure more of Joe will show up on Country’s Chatter from time to time.
Tomorrow is a holiday, that means I’m not going to the office! But, I am hoping to find something fun to do with my day off. Picnic, anyone?