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Joe Nichols’ latest single ‘Sunny and 75’ was released back
in May, but it’s really starting to climb its way up the charts now and
deserves review. As a song that gave Joe the biggest country radio add week of
his entire career, it’s clearly one that’s put him back on the map for many
people, and is perhaps introducing him to a whole new generation of listeners
who have only made inroads into country in the past couple of years.
This generation of people is of course those who buy the
beach-themed, frat party songs, and lyrically it’s evident Joe’s team have
attempted to tap into that market, in order to give his sales a bump. Now I,
only with many others I can presume, am not the biggest fans of those types of
songs and lyrics, but thankfully the rest of the song shies away from the
blatant attempts at drawing country away from its roots, and most of the lyrics
don’t dwell too much on this image.
Beginning with a bit of a 90s ballad feel, with a sweet,
atmosphere-filled picking pattern, and vocals that follow the melody of it, the
21st century kicks in about 30 seconds before you’ve realized what’s
happened. The drums and full production electric guitar-led bridge and chorus
bring the song bang up-to-date, without actually sounding like the frat boy country rock that the lyrics would
perhaps imply. The second verse and onwards puts the two eras of country
together, to make a really solid sound that can be blasted and has plenty going
on throughout, focusing on guitars and a feel-good country rock vibe.
In fact, for a commercial country summer song in 2013, I
like it a lot more than I expected to. Joe has been around long enough in this
business to have a good musical grounding that means he’s just updating what is
already there, rather than changing his sound and his brand completely to fit
the trends. I think this will please his pre-existing fanbase while bringing in
new fans, and I hope it continues to climb the charts like it deserves to.
You can listen to ‘Sunny and 75’ here: