Yesterday I got a new CD to review. It was released on Oct. 27, and it’s Joe Nichols “Old Things New” CD. Normally when I get these things, I put them in the CD player, listen to all the songs, and then put it back in and write about the songs – in order – as I listen to them again. Not this time.
This time, I listened to the whole CD, and I listened to it a few more times, and I still wasn’t ready to stop listening long enough to write a review. All I kept thinking was “now I know why Joe got picked to play the George Strait role in the Broadway production of Pure Country.” Because that is what Joe is. The kid is pure country.
I think we’re all familiar with Joe’s music. Songs like “Believers” and “It’s me I’m Worried About,” both on this CD. Whatever Joe sings, comes out sounding very real, and very believable. I really like that Joe’s music reminds me of how country used to sound. I just don’t think that about a lot of the new country music we hear today.
From the upbeat “Gimmie That Girl,” through the slower songs like “This Bed’s Too Big,” and “An Old Friend of Mine,” I don’t believe any country music fans are going to find anything on this CD they don’t really like. At least not in the first 10 tracks. (I’ll explain that in a second).
The songs on this CD are “Gimme That Girl,” "It’s Me I’m Worried About,” “Old Things New,” “Man, Woman,” “Believers,” “Cheaper Than a Shrink,” “The Shape I’m In,” “This Bed’s Too Big,” “We All Go Home,” and “An Old Friend of Mine.”
Joe got some help from some of our country’s best writers on his CD. Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon and Jamey Johnson penned “Cheaper Thank a Shrink,” and Bill, Buddy and Paul Overstreet wrote “Old Things New.”
The bonus track “Let’s Get Drunk and Fight”, was recorded live in Erie, Pa., and you can just tell that Joe is having a great time. The second bonus track, “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off,” featuring Colt Ford, is just a little bit too “un-country” for me. But as I’ve said every time I’ve talked about Colt – there are about a billion people out there who love his music. I just don’t happen to be one of them – even though I think Colt is a pretty cool guy, and I’m looking forward to seeing him in Johnson City, Tenn., on Nov. 20.
For the most part, I found Joe’s album to be classic country. He brings to mind the music of Joe Diffie, and of course George Strait. I can’t always pick a favorite song when I listen to a new CD, but I can with this one. It has to be “Old Things New”. I could change my mind in a minute or two, but I don’t think I will. It’s a great song. It’s pretty much how I like my country music. It’s not my very favorite of all time though – where Joe’s music is concerned, I think my very favorite of his will always be “If Nobody Believed in You.”
Be sure to visit Joe’s web site. there’s some music, a show schedule, and a lot of information Joe’s fans will enjoy.
Here’s Joe talking about Pure Country on Broadway.
I better get going here. Have to go to work. I’ll talk to you guys later … and be on the lookout for a great new contest, coming up very soon! I should be able to answer mail tonight, so be on the lookout for an e-mail, too.