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article imageReview: Joe Nichols wows New York crowd at Jones Beach Theater Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jul 28, 2014 in Music
Wantagh - On July 27, country star Joe Nichols played a show at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York, as part of Lady Antebellum's "Take Me Downtown" headlining tour.
Nichols shared the stage with fellow country singer Billy Currington.
"Hello, New York," Nichols greeted the audience, dressed in a black shirt and blue jeans, and backed by his five-piece band that included three guitarists, a drummer and a steel guitar player.
He commenced his set with the up-tempo "Brokenheartsville," as he accompanied himself on acoustic guitar, and even threw guitar picks to the audience.
Nichols managed to get the crowd to put their hands up in the air for the follow-up upbeat song, "Hard To Be Cool," which is a favorite of mine from his latest album Crickets.
After expressing his gratitude for the great turnout, he shared that he grew up on traditional country music, where he listened to such artists as Merle Haggard, George Strait, George Jones and Keith Whitley.
He showcased his rap side on his country version of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back," which was a fun treat for the crowd. "That's me rapping," he joked.
It was followed up with a ballad entitled "Just Let Me Fall in Love With You," off his new record.
Nichols continued with his latest single "Yeah," which has been sitting at No. 1 on the charts for third consecutive weeks. He even incorporated it as a crowd sing-along, and thanked the fans for giving him his sixth career No. 1 single with it. "God Bless you for that," Nichols said.
He continued with yet another No. 1 single, "Gimmie That Girl," where he has the fans waving their hands up in the air. He even altered this song's lyrics and made them more fun and applicable to his New York fan-base. "Gimme that girl that the rest of 'New York' ain't lucky enough to know," he sang.
After a brief group exercise, where he encouraged his audience to stand and get to know the person next to them, he sang another fan-favorite tune, "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off," and subsequently walked into the audience around the venue, which resonated well with them. He paid homage to Billy Currington, by giving him a shout-out in the lyrics. "Them pantyhose ain't gonna last too long, If the DJ puts 'a Billy Currington record' on," Nichols sang.
He closed his 8-song set with another chart-topper, the lead single from his newest album, "Sunny and 75."
The Verdict
Overall, Joe Nichols did an excellent job warming up the stage for Lady Antebellum and getting the fans excited about country music in New York. He is certainly the "Merle Haggard" of our generation, and deserving of his No. 1 single "Yeah" that he has this week on the country charts. His show garnered 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is recommended seeing live whenever he is in an area near you.
For more information on Joe Nichols and his upcoming tour dates, visit his official website.
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