Joe Nichols at Joe's Bar Chicago 9.17.2011

“Country Music’s Gentleman ignites Joe’s Bar Chicago”



By Christian Scalise



Country music star, Show-Dog Universal recording artist Joe Nichols returned to Joe’s Bar in Chicago on Saturday September 17th, 2011 for a sold-out show following a dueling college football game and boxing tournament on the big screens. The emotionally driven games brought out sports enthusiasts of all ages.    


After the game crowd filed out of the bar, music fans packed into the concert hall to catch opening act, Russell Dickerson. The Nashville singer/songwriter brought a full band and eclectic variety of songs which seemed to resonate pretty well with the audience.


Wearing a black button-down western shirt and dark denim jeans, Joe Nichols took the stage at 10:30pm. Nichols opened the show with “What’s A Guy Gotta Do,” “Size Matters (Someday),” and “Brokenheartsville.”


The audience warmly embraced the rousing performance with solid applause and loud cheers. It’s been awhile since Joe Nichols last played Joe’s Bar and it was widely evident that the fans have missed him. Don’t be such a stranger to the Midwest area Mr. Nichols!!


The night progressed with a well-blended mixture of traditional country music, pre-selected cover tunes and just a little bit of Rock and Roll with some pretty impressive guitar licks and solos from Joe and his band members.


It’s obvious that the country music singer shines best on the country standards and there were plenty of solid down-home, pedal steel infused, harmony-filled performances. Joe’s vocal range is conditioned for any type of material, but there’s something magical about hearing the younger generation perform in such a fashion. 


There were even a few surprise covers of country greats Merle Haggard, Hank Williams Jr. and George Jones. Nichols paid tribute in the utmost form of flattery to the legends on “Okie From Muskogee,” “Family Tradition” and “One Woman Man.” The sweet moans of the steel guitar echoed throughout the club accompanied by the rest of Joe’s first class band, “The Damn Band Randys.”


Last but not least, Joe kept a strong connection with his fans the entire night and didn’t fail to impress performing a string of their old and new favorites “She Only Smokes When She Drinks,” “Cool To Be A Fool,” “I’ll Wait For You,” “The Impossible,” “The Shape I’m In,” and “Take It Off.”


Closing out the show, Joe gave his fans good reason to leave the venue on an absolute music high; “Let’s Get Drunk and Fight,” “It Ain’t No Crime,” “Gimmie That Girl,” and “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” drove the audience into complete fanfare and excitement. Good guy, good music and an amusing crowd. Joe Nichols signed off at 12:00am. Thanks again to Ed Warm of Joe’s Bar Chicago for his extended generosity.



Set List:


1. What’s A Guy Gotta Do


2. Size Matters (Someday)


3. Brokenheartsville


4. The Shape I’m In


5. Okie From Muskogee (Cover)


6. Makeup and Faded Blue Jeans (Cover)


7. She Only Smokes When She Drinks


8. Cool To Be A Fool


9. Nationwide (Cover)


10. Family Tradition (Cover)


11. I’ll Wait For You


12. The Impossible


13. Who Are You When I’m Not Looking


14. Rockstar (Cover)


15. Take It Off


16. Comin’ Back In A Cadillac


17. Let’s Get Drunk and Fight


18. It Ain’t No Crime


19. Gimmie That Girl


20. One Woman Man (Cover)


21. Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off


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