Crickets

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Amiable guy that he is, Joe Nichols adapts easily to a new surrounding -- and 2013's Crickets certainly does place the neo-traditionalist country singer in a new setting. A devotee of the Haggard/Travis/Jackson school, Nichols is savvy enough to realize that this kind of deeply felt country no longer really sells in 2013, so he treats his first album for Red Bow as an opportunity to reposition himself as a modern kind of guy, the kind who not only knows about iPods and chatrooms but will sing about them too. All of Crickets is peppered with these kind of off-hand references to the modern world, but Nichols' true tell is the bright, affable sound of the record, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Amiable guy that he is, Joe Nichols adapts easily to a new surrounding -- and 2013's Crickets certainly does place the neo-traditionalist country singer in a new setting. A devotee of the Haggard/Travis/Jackson school, Nichols is savvy enough to realize that this kind of deeply felt country no longer really sells in 2013, so he treats his first album for Red Bow as an opportunity to reposition himself as a modern kind of guy, the kind who not only knows about iPods and chatrooms but will sing about them too. All of Crickets is peppered with these kind of off-hand references to the modern world, but Nichols' true tell is the bright, affable sound of the record, how it finds a cozy middle ground between his burnished signature and the hyper-stylized, over-sized country of new millennial sports bars. Usually, Nichols seems at ease with the easy-rolling tunes -- "Better Than Beautiful" is a sweet ballad that could've fit into the Urban Cowboy era -- but when the tempo is perky without being sprightly, the production crisp without gleaming, he sounds chipper and affable too, as on "Hard to Be Cool" and "Sunny and 75." So much of the success of Crickets depends upon Nichols' inherent likability -- a crutch he's relied on before, when the traditionalist well started to run dry -- and in this irrepressibly cheery context this nice-guy attitude is no doubt an asset, as it gives the slickness humility. But no matter how well Joe Nichols wears these new clothes, all it takes is a smooth, understated cover of Merle Haggard's "Footlights" to remind us that his true strengths are rooted in the past, not the present.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2013
  • Label: Red Bow Records
  • UPC: 697487688724
  • Catalog Number: 76887
  • Sales rank: 22,637

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Just Let Me Fall in Love with You (3:56)
  2. 2 Hard to Be Cool (3:06)
  3. 3 Baby You're in Love with Me (2:51)
  4. 4 Yeah (3:51)
  5. 5 Billy Graham's Bible (3:07)
  6. 6 Better Than Beautiful (3:38)
  7. 7 Gotta Love It (3:11)
  8. 8 Sunny and 75 (3:26)
  9. 9 Y'ant To (2:52)
  10. 10 Hee Haw (2:33)
  11. 11 Love Has a Way (3:37)
  12. 12 Smile on Mine (2:43)
  13. 13 Open Up a Can (3:17)
  14. 14 Old School Country Song (4:46)
  15. 15 Footlights (4:13)
  16. 16 Crickets (3:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Nichols Primary Artist
Eddie Bayers Drums
Pat Buchanan Electric Guitar
J.T. Corenflos Electric Guitar
Larry Franklin Fiddle, Mandolin
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Derek George Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Kenny Greenberg Acoustic Guitar
Tony Harrell Keyboards
Jim Horn Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Steve Nathan Keyboards, Hammond B3
Russ Pahl Steel Guitar
Charles Rose Trombone
Biff Watson Acoustic Guitar
Lonnie Wilson Drums
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar
Troy Lancaster Electric Guitar
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Casey Wood Percussion
Mickey Jack Cones Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Scott Ducaj Trumpet
Jimmie Sloas Bass
Glen Worff Bass
Mike Johnson Steel Guitar
Mark Hill Bass
The Wild Wild Westwood Women Background Vocals
The Brentwood Good Ole Boys Choir Background Vocals
Jenee' Fleener Fiddle
Aubrey Haynle Fiddle, Mandolin
Technical Credits
Merle Haggard Composer
Brett Beavers Composer
Steve Bogard Composer
Derek George Programming, Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing
Neal Coty Composer
Jim Collins Composer
Kelley Lovelace Composer
Rivers Rutherford Composer
Jason Sellers Composer
Michael Dulaney Composer
Glenn Sweitzer Art Direction
Dave Berg Composer
Chris Wallin Composer
Rich Herring Composer
Casey Wood Programming, Engineer
Mickey Jack Cones Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing, Vocal Engineer
Ashley Gorley Composer
Brent Baxter Composer
Bill Whyte Composer
Jimmy Melton Composer
Dylan Altman Composer
Lisa Shaffer Composer
Ben Hayslip Composer
Dallas Davidson Composer
Bryan Simpson Composer
Michael Heeney Composer
Marla Cannon-Goodman Composer
Clay Mills Composer
Eric Paslay Composer
Ryan Tyndell Composer
John Edwards Composer
Rhett Atkins Composer
Chris Dubois Composer
Paul Jenkins Composer
Jason Delkou Composer
Justin Wilson Composer
Jason Sever Composer
Tammi Kidd Hutton Composer
Brady Tillow Digital Editing
Bob Hatch Composer
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