Joe Nichols has announced he will release his new album, Crickets, on October 8. The album features 16 songs, including his Top 25 hit “Sunny and 75” as well as a cover of Merle Haggard’s “Footlights” in honor of his late father, Mike. Crickets is Joe’s debut album for his new label, Red Bow.
“First and foremost, I wanted to make a good record that my fans will enjoy listening to over and over again,” Joe said. “I wanted songs that would feed both their soul, and their sense of fun. I felt a renewed enthusiasm and sense of freedom with this record that I think shows in the music and also in my vocals. I could not be happier with this album. I know artists always say, ‘this is my best work yet.’ And I am going to say it now, and mean it.”
“Joe Nichols is one of the format’s most talented vocalists, and it is a great honor for this label to be involved with his career,” Benny Brown, CEO, BBR Music Group, said. “How often does an artist release a CD with 16 songs these days? Music fans who have waited a long time to hear new Joe Nichols music are going to be very happy.”
Crickets was produced by Mickey Jack Cones and Derek George except for the songs “Yeah” and “Billy Graham’s Bible,” which were produced by Tony Brown and Mickey Jack Cones. The title of the project came while listening to the finished album.
“When listening back to all the tracks, we found one word that appeared in many of the songs—crickets,” he said. “It’s a very earthy little creature, and I think these songs are very earthy and organic, like this whole recording process was for me. So when my label CEO Benny Brown suggested we title the album ‘Crickets,’ it made perfect sense.”
Fans can pre-order Crickets at www.joenichols.com and can choose from two packages. The first includes an autographed album and a “Sunny and 75” acoustic bonus track that can be downloaded immediately. The second package includes a limited edition t-shirt along with an autographed album and the “Sunny and 75″ acoustic bonus track.