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article imageInterview: Country producer Mickey Jack Cones talks Joe Nichols Special

By Markos Papadatos     Dec 3, 2013 in Entertainment
Nashville producer opened up about what it was like to work with country singer Joe Nichols on his latest studio album, which features the No. 1 single "Sunny and 75."
He noted that it was an incredible experience to work with country star Joe Nichols on his Crickets project. "Joe is at that place in life where he's been there/done that and learned from it along the way. That is always a great place to be (for all of us). But a lot of artists don't get the chance to re-apply those 'lessons learned' to their career. It's usually too little, too late. From the song selection process all the way to closing mixes and picking singles, Joe's outlook and ability to 'see the bigger picture' made this experience almost effortless. With egos and over-thinking put on the back burner (or not even on the stove), we had all kinds of room for creativity, spontaneity and basically just having fun. I think the record says it all. But it doesn't hurt that Joe has said on more than one occasion that out of all the records he has made in his career, this is the one he is most proud of. That makes it all worth while for me," he explained.
"It was an absolute honor to be asked to produce the project that has been hailed as Joe Nichols' 'come back' record. And 'Sunny and 75' topping the charts at No. 1 this week is proof that his fans and radio have been missin' them some Joe Nichols. Well, he's back," he exclaimed.
Most recently, Mr. Cones was featured with Nichols in Country Weekly. "Joe Nichols, to me, is not only one of the best vocalists to hit country radio in the last 15+ years, he's also one of the most dedicated and committed artists that I have ever had the pleasure of working with since I made the move to Nashville in '96. So, being featured in Country Weekly with Joe was one of the highlights of my career to date! Joe tweeting a picture of him and I in the studio cutting his record at my studio definitely gets people talking," he exclaimed.
Regarding his plans for the future, he revealed, "I am producing sides on Dustin Lynch, co-producing a Merle Haggard tribute record, a project on Taylor Hicks ('American Idol' winner) and wrapping up a song on Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) for a Sting tribute album. All of which are due out in early 2014. All I can say is I'm blessed to be busy."
He noted that the job description of a typical album producer (for an artist and record label looking to "move product") is to help mold the artistic direction of the project and create "current" music that will cultivate a larger fan base and ultimately increase demand in a way that results in multi-platinum sales and chart topping success. "A producer oversees and guides along the song creating process from start to finish. From the finding the songs to mastering them and everything in between. This usually implies that the producer will be hiring out all musicians, engineers, programmers, background singers and studios to take care of the actual 'hands on duties' to see the project through to completion," he said.
To learn more about country producer Mickey Jack Cones, visit his official website.
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