Arkansas born, East Texas based country star Joe Nichols makes his long awaited debut in Lethbridge with Gord Bamford, April 9 at the Enmax Centre as part of a 10 date Western Canadian tour with Gord Bamford which dips into California, Arizona and Texas.
“I’m a little nervous. The first couple of shows of a tour a little nerve-wracking. But were going to have a lot of fun. The people around me know what they’re doing,” rumbled Nichols from soundcheck in Medicine Hat, where they began the tour, April 7.
“I don’t play Canada very much, just bigger festivals,” he drawled adding he is looking forward to not only playing his many hits like “Brokenheartsville,” “She Only Drinks When She Smokes,” “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” plus some music from the long awaited follow up to his 2014 album “Crickets” including the lead single “Freaks Like Me.”
“This is going to be a new experience for me,” he said, just returning from some well deserved time off with his family at their east Texas home near Dallas.
“It was much needed. My voice was getting strained. So I took some time off and got to know the family again. Now I’m feeling recharged and rejuvenated,” he said adding he hopes to see them again mid-tour.
“I just found out I have a day off on the tour, so I’ll go and see them, he said adding he is excited to get back on the road for another busy year.
“I’m excited to meet some people and make a few new fans. That’s the stuff I get excited about. We’re going to have some fun,” he said.
He is also excited abut the new CD which he expects to release by the end of the year.
“I’ve had a lot of comebacks, which is funny because I’ve never really gone anywhere,” he said, noting he has busy on the road pretty much non stop since releasing “Crickets” in late 2013.
“I haven’t had time to write anything for the new album, at least nothing worth cutting,” he said, adding choosing the songs from the upcoming CD has been a time consuming process.
“Finding time to go into the studio and cut tracks has been difficult. But I love the songs we did,” he said.
“There’s a song called ‘Undone’ that we’re really excited about. And people really like ‘The Girl in the Song. It feels like a stadium anthem. And ‘We All Come’ is the meat of the album— that big a-ha moment of an album,” he enthused.
“I’ll be in and out of the studio in between tour dates,” he said.
“I’m going to keep finding quality fans and keep the fans happy. I want to find songs fans can relate to,” he said.