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Gene Watson's Peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!

All of Gene Watson's Peers, who were contacted by The Gene Watson Fan Site, during 2006, were most gracious with their time and words.

It is here, within this special part of The Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Joe Nichols, which he submitted to this site on Wednesday 23 August 2006.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Joe Nichols who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.

Sean Brady would also like to say 'thank you' to Sarah Brosmer at Lytle Management in Nashville for her help in acquiring this valuable quote from Joe Nichols.



Joe Nichols
This quote was submitted on Wednesday 23 August 2006.

'I grew up with Gene Watson's music and I consider him to be one of the best country singers ever.

Gene is definitely one of my musical heroes'.

Thank you, Joe Nichols, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Joe Nichols...



Joe Nichols was born Joe Edward Nichols in Rogers, Arkansas on Friday 26 November 1976 and grew up surrounded by the sound of traditional country music.

Joe Nichols' father drove a truck but also played bass and sang.  Joe Nichols would hear and watch his Dad perform at VFW dates.

Like Joe Nichols' grandfather and uncles, his Dad played classic country music.



On Tuesday 27 August 1996, Joe Nichols saw the release of his self-titled debut album, 'Joe Nichols' (Intersound Records, 1996), which included four tracks, which were released as singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

'Six of One, Half a Dozen of The Other' (written by Doug DeJoe and Keith Follesé) / this track was released as a single on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Track Chart in 1996, but it did not chart; the track did, however, reach No.74 on the Canadian RPM Top Country Tracks Chart in 1996
'Wal-Mart Parking Lot Social Club' (written by Bud McGuire, Marty Raybon and Troy Seals) / this track did not chart
'To Tell You The Truth, I Lied' (written by Tommy Curry, Randy Edwards and Larry Rainwater) / this track did not chart
'I Hate The Way I Love You', which was written by Steve Clark, Johnny MacRae (1929 - Wednesday 3 July 2013) and Buck Moore / this track did not chart

Joe Nichols' self-titled debut album, 'Joe Nichols' (Intersound Records, 1996), also included the following tracks:

'Leave The Past Behind' (written by Randy Edwards and Lee Ogle)
'She Could Care Less' (written by Billy Lawson)
'In Spite of Myself' (written by Doug DeJoe and Keith Follesé)
'Independent Girl' (written by Randy Edwards and Joe Nichols)
'Old Cheyenne' (written by Bud McGuire and Billy Bob Shane)
'I'm Not That Kind of Guy' (written by Mike McGuire)

  

Joe Nichols' self-titled debut album, 'Joe Nichols' (Intersound Records, 1996) was re-issued twice; first in 2002 as 'Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other' (Row Music Group, 2002), and again in 2003 as 'Joe Nichols: The Early Years' (Infinity Nashville Records, 2003).

The 2003 re-issue, 'Joe Nichols: The Early Years' (Infinity Nashville Records, 2003), featured the tracks in a different order, as well as a bonus DVD, which featured four videos.

Despite the minor success of the 'Six of One, Half a Dozen of The Other' single in Canada, 'Joe Nichols' (Intersound Records, 1996) did not sell well and Joe Nichols was subsequently dropped from the Intersound Records roster.  A second record deal followed, this time with Warner Bros. Records, but it was short-lived and did not produce any singles or albums.

In 1999, Joe Nichols met Brent Rowan, a Nashville session guitarist who helped him land a recording contract with Universal South Records, a then newly-formed record label.



Craig Morgan recorded Joe Nichols' 'Everything's a Thing' (co-written with Steve Dean and Wil Nance) and included the track on 'Craig Morgan' (Atlantic Records, 2000).



On Tuesday 23 July 2002, Joe Nichols saw the release of 'Man With a Memory' (Universal South Records, 2002), which was produced by Brent Rowan, and included four tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

'The Impossible' (written by Kelley Lovelace and Lee Thomas Miller) (No.3, 2002) / this track was declared by Billboard as the tenth most-played country song on Amercian country music radio in 2003
'Brokenheartsville' (written by Donny Kees, Blake Mevis, Randy Boudreaux and Clint Daniels) (No.1 for one week in March / April 2003)
'She Only Smokes When She Drinks' (written by Connie Harrington, Tim Nichols and Tony Martin) (No.17, 2003)
'Cool to Be a Fool' (written by Joe Nichols, Steve Dean and Wil Nance) (No.18, 2003)

Joe Nichols' 'Man With a Memory' (Universal South Records, 2002) also included the following tracks:

'Joe's Place' (written by Mike Dekle and Byron Hill)
'Everything's a Thing' (written by Steve Dean, Wil Nance and Joe Nichols)
'That Would Be Her', which was written by Reed Nielsen (1950 - Saturday 15 November 2014) and Jeffrey Steele
'Can't Hold a Halo to You' (written by Don Sampson and Joe Nichols)
'You Can't Break The Fall' (written by Mark McClurg and Jerry Salley)
'You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet' (written by Tim Menzies and Tony Haselden)
'Life Don't Have to Mean Nothin' at All' (written by Tom T. Hall)
'Man With a Memory' (written by Charlie Black and Rory Bourke)

Joe Nichols' 'Man With a Memory' (Universal South Records, 2002) reached No.9 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 2002 and was ceritifed 'Platinum' by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of one million copies.

Joe Nichols' 'Man With a Memory' (Universal South Records, 2002) was the first production credit for session guitarist Brent Rowan, with whom Joe Nichols worked with on all subsequent albums.

'Man With a Memory' (Universal South Records, 2002) earned Joe Nichols a 'Top New Male Vocalist' Award from the Academy of Country Music (ACM), along with three Grammy Award nominations.

Joe Nichols: 'Revelation' (Universal South Records, 2004)

On Tuesday 29 June 2004, Joe Nichols saw the release of 'Revelation' (Universal South Records, 2004), which was produced by Brent Rowan, and included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Tracks & Singles Chart:

'If Nobody Believed in You', which was written by Harley Allen (Monday 23 January 1956 - Wednesday 30 March 2011) (No.10, 2004)
'What's a Guy Gotta Do' (written by Don Sampson, Joe Nichols and Kelley Lovelace) (No.4, 2004)

Joe Nichols' 'Revelation' (Universal South Records, 2004) also included the following tracks:

'The Shade' (written by Shane Decker and Troy Jones)
'Singer in a Band' (written by Tim Menzies and Gary Harrison)
'Don't Ruin It For The Rest of Us' (written by Annie Tate, Sam Tate, Jimmy Ritchey and Georgia Middleman)
'I Wish That Wasn't All' (written by Chris DuBois and Ashley Gorley)
'If I Ever Get Her Back' (written by Billy Yates and Billy Lawson)
'Farewell Party', which was written by Lawton Williams (Monday 24 July 1922 - Thursday 26 July 2007) / the original version of this track was included on Gene Watson's 'Reflections' (Capitol Records, 1978)
'Things Like That (These Days)' (written by Mike Dekle and Byron Hill)
'Revelation' (written by Bobby Braddock)
'No Time To Cry' (written by Iris DeMent)

Joe Nichols' 'Revelation' (Universal South Records, 2004) reached No.3 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 2004.



On Tuesday 28 September 2004, Joe Nichols saw the release of 'A Traditional Christmas' (Universal South Records, 2004), which was produced by Brent Rowan, and included four tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

'The Christmas Song' (written by Mel Tormé and Bob Wells) (No.60, 2005)
'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' (written by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin) (No.57, 2004)
'I'll Be Home For Christmas', which was written by Kim Gannon, Walter Kent and Buck Ram (Thursday 21 November 1907 - Tuesday 1 January 1991) (No.56, 2005)
'Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!' (written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne) (No.37, 2005)

Joe Nichols' 'A Traditional Christmas' (Universal South Records, 2004) also included the following tracks:

'Away in a Manger' (traditional)
'Silent Night' (traditional)
'White Christmas' (written by Irving Berlin)
'Silver Bells' (written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston)
'Winter Wonderland' (written by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith)
'O, Holy Night' (traditional)

Joe Nichols' 'A Traditional Christmas' (Universal South Records, 2004) reached No.47 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 2004.

 

On Tuesday 25 October 2005, Joe Nichols saw the release of 'III' (Universal South Records, 2005), which was produced by Buddy Cannon, Byton Gallimore and Brent Rowan, and included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Tracks & Singles Chart:

'Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off' (written by John Wiggins and Gary Hannan) (No.1 for one week in December 2005)
'Size Matters (Someday)' (written by Mike Dekle and Byron Hill) (No.9, 2006)
'I'll Wait For You', which was written by Bill Anderson and Harley Allen (Monday 23 January 1956 - Wednesday 30 March 2011) (No.7, 2006)

Joe Nichols' 'III' (Universal South Records, 2005) also included the following tracks:

'Freedom Feels Like Lonely' (written by Mark Nesler, Billy Currington and Tony Martin)
'Talk Me Out of Tampa' (written by Don Sampson and Casey Beathard)
'That's What Love'll Get You' (written by Mark D. Sanders and Carson Chamberlain)
'Should I Come Home (Or Should I Go Crazy?)' (written by Joe Allen) / the original version of this track was included on Gene Watson's 'Should I Come Home' (Capitol Records, 1979)
'My Old Friend The Blues' (written by Steve Earle)
'As Country As She Gets' (written by Jim Collins, Wendell Mobley and Tony Martin)
'Honky Tonk Girl' (written by Steve Dean, Wil Nance and Joe Nichols)
'Just a Little More' (written by Joe Nichols and Donny Lowery)

Joe Nichols' 'III' (Universal South Records, 2005) reached No.7 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 2005; the album also reached No.7 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart the same year, and received 'Gold' certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

It was also in 2005, and again in 2006, when Joe Nichols joined Toby Keith on tour in the United States.



On Tuesday 21 August 2007, Joe Nichols saw the release of 'Real Things' (Universal South Records, 2007), which was produced by Brent Rowan and Mark Wright, and included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Tracks & Singles Chart:

'Another Side of You' (written by Carson Chamberlain and Jamey Johnson) (No.17, 2007)
'It Ain't No Crime' (written by Tony Martin, Tom Shapiro and Mark Nesler) (No.16, 2007)

Joe Nichols' 'Real Things' (Universal South Records, 2007) also included the following tracks:

'Real Things' (written by John Brown and Billy Dean)
'Who Are You When I'm Not Looking' (written by John Wiggins and Earl Bud Lee)
'Comin' Back in a Cadillac' (written by Ben Daniels, Clint Daniels, Rob McNelley and Lynn Hutton)
'My Whiskey Years' (written by Tom Hambridge and Jeffrey Steele)
'All Good Things' (written by Dean Dillon and Scotty Emerick)
'Let's Get Drunk & Fight' (written by Chris Lindsey, Aimee Mayo, Troy Verges and Aaron Lines)
'Ain't Nobody Gonna Take That From Me' (written by Rivers Rutherford, Sam Tate and Annie Tate)
'She's All Lady' (written by Jamey Johnson and Dallas Davidson)
'The Difference is Night & Day' (written by Walt Aldridge, Joe Nichols and John Paul White)
'All I Need is a Heart' (written by Scott Emerick and John Scott Sherrill)
'If I Could Only Fly', which was written by Blaze Foley (Sunday 18 December 1949 - Wednesday 1 February 1989) / this track was a duet with Lee Ann Womack

Personnel involved in the recording of Joe Nichols' 'Real Things' (Universal South Records, 2007) included the following:

Perry Coleman (background vocals on 'Comin' Back in a Cadillac' and 'It Ain't No Crime')
J.T. Corenflos (electric guitar)
Eric Darken (percussion)
Shannon Forrest (drums)
Paul Franklin (steel guitar, Dobro)
Morgane Hayes (background vocals on 'It Ain't No Crime' and additional background vocals on 'My Whiskey Years', 'Let's Get Drunk & Fight', 'The Difference is Night & Day' and 'If I Could Only Fly')
Aubrey Haynie (fiddle, mandolin)
Wes Hightower (background vocals)
Jim Hoke (horns on 'Comin' Back in a Cadillac')
John Hughey (Wednesday 27 December 1933 - Sunday 18 November 2007) (steel guitar on 'If I Could Only Fly')
David Hungate (bass guitar, upright bass)
Mac McAnally (acoustic guitar, reso-electric guitar)
Gordon Mote (piano, Wurlitzer, Fender Rhodes, B3 organ)
Joe Nichols (lead vocals, background vocals on 'The Difference is Night & Day' and 'All I Need is a Heart')
Brent Rowan (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, Tic tac bass, Wurlitzer, horn arrangement, slide guitar, mellotron, sitar, 6-string bass, 12-string acoustic guitar, piano, harmonium)
Bryan Sutton (acoustic guitar, mandolin, mandocello)
Craig Young (bass guitar on 'Ain't Nobody Gonna Take That from Me' and 'If I Could Only Fly')
Universal Records South Family Singers (vocals on 'Let's Get Drunk & Fight')

Joe Nichols' 'Real Things' (Universal South Records, 2007) reached No.2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 2007, and reached No.23 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart in 2007.

Joe Nichols: 'Revelation' (Universal South Records, 2004)

 

Overall, Joe Nichols' four studio albums for Universal South Records, 'Man With a Memory' (Universal South Records, 2002), 'Revelation' (Universal South Records, 2004), 'III' (Universal South Records, 2005) and 'Real Things' (Universal South Records, 2007) accounted for ten singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart, including two No.1s and five more Top Ten hits.

On Sunday 9 September 2007, Joe Nichols married Heather Singleton in Savannah, Georgia; Joe Nichols had known Heather Singleton since they were both eighteen years old.



On Tuesday 27 October 2009, Joe Nichols saw the release of 'Old Things New' (Universal South Records, 2009), which was produced by Brent Rowan and Mark Wright, and included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Tracks & Singles Chart:

'Believers' (written by Ashley Gorley, Wade Kirby and Bill Luther) (No.26, 2009)
'Gimmie That Girl' (written by Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip) (No.1 for one week in May 2010)
'The Shape I'm In' (written by Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip) (No.11, March 2011)

Joe Nichols' 'Old Things New' (Universal South Records, 2009) also included the following tracks:

'It's Me I'm Worried About' (written by Tony Martin, Mark Nesler and Tom Shapiro)
'Old Things New' (written by Bill Anderson, Paul Overstreet and Buddy Cannon)
'Man Woman' (written by Shawn Camp and Marv Green)
'Cheaper Than a Shrink' (written by Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon and Jamey Johnson)
'This Bed's Too Big' (written by Gary Burr and Victoria Shaw)
'We All Go Home' (written by Jimmy Melton, Neal Coty and Michael Mobley)
'An Old Friend of Mine' (written by Rick Tiger and Brock Stalvey)

Joe Nichols' 'Old Things New' (Universal South Records, 2009) reached No.15 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 2009, and reached No.71 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart in 2009.



On Tuesday 25 January 2011, Joe Nichols saw the release of 'Greatest Hits' (Show Dog-Universal Music, 2011), which included the following tracks:

'Gimmie That Girl' (written by Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip) (No.1 for one week in May 2010)
'The Shape I'm In' (written by Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip) (No.11, March 2011)
'Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off' (written by John Wiggins and Gary Hannan) (No.1 for one week in December 2005)
'Brokenheartsville' (written by Donny Kees, Blake Mevis, Randy Boudreaux and Clint Daniels) (No.1 for one week in March / April 2003)
'Size Matters (Someday)' (written by Mike Dekle and Byron Hill) (No.9, 2006)
'The Impossible' (written by Kelley Lovelace and Lee Thomas Miller) (No.3, 2002)
'What's a Guy Gotta Do' (written by Don Sampson, Joe Nichols and Kelley Lovelace) (No.4, 2004)
'It Ain't No Crime' (written by Tony Martin, Tom Shapiro and Mark Nesler) (No.16, 2007)
'Cool To Be a Fool' (written by Joe Nichols, Steve Dean and Wil Nance) (No.18, 2003)
'I'll Wait For You', which was written by Bill Anderson and Harley Allen (Monday 23 January 1956 - Wednesday 30 March 2011) (No.7, 2006)

Joe Nichols' 'Greatest Hits' (Show Dog-Universal Music, 2011) reached No.12 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 2011, and reached No.52 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart in 2011.



On Tuesday 8 November 2011, Joe Nichols saw the release of 'It's All Good' (Show Dog-Universal Music, 2011), which was produced by Mark Wright and Buddy Cannon, and included one track, which was a hit single on the Billboard Hot Country Tracks & Singles Chart:

'Take It Off' (written by Dallas Davidson, Ashley Gorley and Kelley Lovelace) (No.25, 2011)

Joe Nichols' 'It's All Good' (Show Dog-Universal Music, 2011) also included the following tracks:

'The More I Look' (written by Rodney Clawson, Dallas Davidson and Jim Beavers)
'Somebody's Mama' (written by David Lee Murphy and Kim Tribble)
'It's All Good' (written by Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman)
'This Ole Boy' (written by Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip)
'I Can't Take My Eyes Off You' (written by Jon Wolfe, Tim Johnson and James Dean Hicks)
'No Truck, No Boat, No Girl' (written by Adam Wright and Jay Knowles)
'Never Gonna Get Enough' (written by Mark Nesler and Deric Ruttan)
'She's Just Like That' (written by Thomas Rhett, Tyler Farr and Jaron Boyer)
'How I Wanna Go' (written by Rivers Rutherford and Tim James)

Joe Nichols' 'It's All Good' (Show Dog-Universal Music, 2011) reached No.19 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 2011, and reached No.78 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart in 2011.



On Tuesday 8 October 2013, Joe Nichols saw the release of 'Crickets' (Red Bow Records, 2013), which was produced by Mickey Jack Cones, Tony Brown and Derek George, and included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

'Sunny & 75' (written by Michael Dulaney, Jason Sellers and Paul Jenkins) (No.4, 2013)
'Yeah' (written by Ashley Gorley and Bryan Simpson) (No.7, 2014)
'Hard To Be Cool' (written by Rob Hatch and Jason Sellers) (No.34, 2014)

Joe Nichols' 'Crickets' (Red Bow Records, 2013) also included the following tracks:

'Y'ant To' (written by Justin Wilson)
'Hee Haw' (written by Michael P. Heeney and Tammi Kidd Hutton)
'Just Let Me Fall in Love With You' (written by Brett Beavers, Steve Bogard and Ryan Tyndell)
'Baby, You're in Love With Me' (written by Dylan Altman, Eric Paslay and Chris Wallin)
'Better Than Beautiful' (written by Jason Delkou and Rich Herring)
'Gotta Love It' (written by Dave Berg, Marla Cannon-Goodman and Clay Mills)
'Love Has a Way' (written by Steve Bogard, John Edwards and Jason Sever)
'Smile On Mine' (written by Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip)
'Open Up a Can' (written by Dallas Davidson, Ashley Gorley and Kelley Lovelace)
'Billy Graham's Bible' (written by Neal Coty, Chris DuBois and Jimmy Melton)
'Old School Country Song' (written by Jim Collins and Rivers Rutherford)
'Footlights', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'Crickets' (written by Brent Baxter, Lisa Shaffer and Bill Whyte)

Joe Nichols' 'Crickets' (Red Bow Records, 2013) reached No.3 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 2013, and reached No.17 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart in 2013.

Joe Nichols' 'Crickets' (Red Bow Records, 2013) sold 12,330 albums its first week of release.

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