Joe Nichols - III
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III (Universal South, 2005)

Joe Nichols

Reviewed by John Lupton

Obviously enough, this is the third effort from Joe Nichols on the heels of a pair of releases that marked him as a solid crooner with roots that run toward the traditional and classic end of the country music spectrum. He shows here again that he's got a pretty good way with slow ballads like "Talk Me Out Of Tampa" and Steve Earle's "My Old Friend The Blues," but those whose tastes run to songs about bars, pick-up trucks and good ol' gals (not necessarily in that order) will be glad to know that there's plenty of the easygoing honky-tonking that marked Nichols' first two discs.

"As Country As She Gets" is an ode to classy women who can overlook theindignities of riding in a pickup, while on the flip side, "Honky Tonk Girl" celebrates the ones who can shoot pool, drink longnecks with the best of them and never forget their roots. For sheer, all-out honky tonk fun, though, Nichols hits the bulls-eye with the single "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off."

He may not wear a Stetson, but Nichols continues to demonstrate he's among the better classic, hardcore country voices on the scene.

CDs by Joe Nichols

Good Day for Living, 2022 Never Gets Old, 2017 Crickets, 2013 It's All Good, 2011 Greatest Hits, 2011 Old Things New, 2009 Real Things, 2007 III, 2005 Man With A Memory, 2002

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