Multi-platinum, 4x GRAMMY-nominated US country artist Joe Nichols is set to play his first UK shows this September, in a series of intimate acoustic dates which will bring the ACM, Billboard, CMA, and CMT Award winning singer to London, Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham, following a headline appearance at Switzerland’s Country Night Gstaad Festival. Tickets for all UK shows are on sale tomorrow (Friday 5th April) at 10am via AltTickets.com:
23rd September – Thekla, Bristol
24th September – Night & Day Cafe, Manchester
26th September – Borderline, London
27th September – The Bodega, Nottingham
Arkansas-native Nichols, known for his #1 hits like “Yeah”, “Brokenheartsville” and “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off”, more recently made the decision to return to his roots and embrace a more old-school, traditional-influenced country sound, evident on his latest album, fittingly titled ‘Never Gets Old’ (listen to the title track here). In his own words: “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.”
What Nichols loves has always been obvious. Growing up around friends who were into anything but country, he was different. Pulled in by the realness of singers like Merle Haggard and Marty Robbins, Don Williams, Keith Whitley and George Strait, that connection would inform his whole career. In fact, he covered Williams, Haggard, and other legends in his recent ‘Never Gets Old: Traditional Country Series’, available to stream/download now (listen here).
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.”